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Integrating the perspective of children is increasingly being recognized, meaning that children have a right to express their views on and to participate in decisions affecting them, a right which is firmly established in the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Importance of moving away from the traditional approach which was also reflected in international law where children were treated as objects and not subjects of rights, and as helpless victims of their circumstances and with no hope for their future. Further when discussing the need to prevent violent behaviour which involves being able to feel compassion for another human being, this requires that there needs to be a sense of sensitivity left in people, which exposure to harshness and destructive environments are not conducive to whether in armed conflict or not. The children need to know that, ultimately, it is safe to grow up.

Keywords:children; international law; rights; traditional



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