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Juvenile Justice and Child Soldiering: Trends, Challenges, Dilemmas

Clark, Christina
June 4, 2015

Source: London: Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers. Downloaded 11 September 2003.

It is a fact that armed forces in various conflicts around the world press children into duty as soldiers. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu has remarked, child solider are both victims and perpetrators of human rights violations and violence. In this context, observes Christina Clark, a growing body of international law seeks to prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers. Indeed, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (July 2002) allows for prosecution of those who recruit and use child soldiers. Clark in this paper aims to raise awareness and understanding of criminal justice and accountability issues facing child soldiers as both victims and perpetrators. She examines legal dilemmas regarding criminal responsibility and offers recommendations to ensure appropriate juvenile justice processes for child soldiers.


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