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The European Union’s Work on Children and Armed Conflict

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The European Union’s (EU) work with children affected by armed conflict is conducted within the context that the promotion and protection of the human rights of all children is a priority area of the EU’s human rights policy The EU does not draw such stark lines between the situation for children affected by armed conflict and other children as the UN does. The EU Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict are to complement the EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child. The Slovenian EU presidency commissioned a study on "Enhancing the EU Response to Children Affected by Armed Conflict", which was published in December 2007, and the findings will be presented here. EU member states and the EU delegations, both at the country level and the UN headquarters level given their presence, funding capacity and possible clout.

Keywords:armed conflict; children; European Union(EU); human rights; Slovenian



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