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The Legal Protection of Children and Armed Conflict

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force on 2 September 1990, which was the first time an international human rights convention came into force already after one year of its adoption. In terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention protecting children, Part II of the Convention identifies children as in need of protection in a few articles but in limited ways as being a part of groups of the civilian population in need of special protection, where Article 24 is the only article that explicitly addresses children, however only children who as a result of war have been orphaned or separated from their families. In this context it needs to be noted that deprivation of life is lawful in situations of armed conflict as long as the deprivation of life is not arbitrary or otherwise unlawful.

Keywords:armed conflict; children; civilian population; international human rights convention; legal protection



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