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Child rights and transitional justice.

Siegrist, Saudamini
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) In, Sharanjeet Parmar, et. al, eds., Children and transitional justice: Truth-telling, accountability and reconciliation. United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. pp. 1-30.

This chapter considers a number of the issues and debates in the
fields of child rights and transitional justice, drawing primarily on
international documents and responses to identify points of mutual
concern and common ground. Transitional justice has only recently
focused on child victims and witnesses and on the involvement of
children in processes of accountability, truth-seeking and
reconciliation. In 2002, at the time of the entry into force of the
Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the
publication of the study International Criminal Justice and
Children,4 the relevance of children within international criminal justice was questioned: “Why children? What do children have to
do with international justice?” Today children are understood to be
essential to the debate. (excerpt)


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