Fighting for justice: Children in conflict zones

How can the international community strengthen accountability for crimes against children in conflict?

Members event, Panel
11 June 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

Grave violations against children during armed conflict have escalated during the pandemic in spite of 2020 marking the 20th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict.

Children are especially vulnerable during times of conflict and therefore among the principal victims of violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. They also continue to be excluded from transitional justice processes that are critical to breaking cycles of violence and preventing future violations.

At this event, the panel examines accountability for crimes against children in conflict:

  • How can states end impunity and prosecute those responsible for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other egregious crimes perpetrated against children?

  • What more needs to be done by international criminal courts, tribunals and UN fact-finding and investigative bodies to bring much needed attention to these violations against the most vulnerable in society?

  • And how are the UK government’s cuts to its overseas development aid budget going to impact humanitarian relief to children living in conflict zones?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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