Children and Youth in Armed Conflict

By: Ann-Charlotte Nilsson

ISBN: 978-90-04-26026-9

Children and youth in armed conflict grow up in very challenging circumstances. Thus, an in-depth examination of the many interrelated issues they face is warranted, which this comprehensive book provides. This book addresses their situation in a multidisciplinary way, linking their reality in peacetime to their situation in wartime, and deals with issues such as: their economic, social and cultural rights; public health; the traumatic consequences of war; whether violence gives rise to violent behavior; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and international humanitarian law. Other issues explored include the provision of education in armed conflict; the African Union’s Kampala Convention on internally displaced persons; Colombia’s Constitutional Court’s Auto decision 251 on internally displaced children and youth; the Inter-American, African and European human rights work on children in armed conflict; and the numerous challenges involved with transitional justice. Further the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism set up by Security Council resolution 1612 (2005), the work of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict and the Offices of the Special-Representatives of Children and Armed Conflict and on Sexual Violence in Conflict, gender-based violence and the African Youth Charter are studied. This is a book that students and professionals from different disciplines and backgrounds, including from academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, the medical community, governments, etc., will find to be a valuable resource in their quest to learn more about an area of study that has long been neglected. 2 Volume set.

Ann-Charlotte Nilsson, Independent Researcher and Consultant, LL.M., University of Lund, BsSoc, University of Uppsala (major in peace and conflict studies), M.A. in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University. She utilises a multidisciplinary approach and the framework of international human rights and international humanitarian law and peace and conflict resolution, and within this framework she focuses on issues such as political violence and terrorism, ethnicity, violence against children and women, internally displaced and refugees, political psychology and governance.

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