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Armed Conflict and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The CRC contains several articles that specifically refer to this issue, namely article 38 on armed conflict and article 39 on the rehabilitative care of child victims of armed conflicts. CRIN launched a Children in Armed Conflict email list following the International Conference on War-Affected Children in Winnipeg, Canada (September 2000) [archives are available]. 

Additionally, on 12 February 2002, the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict entered into force.

You can read more about the entry into force of the Optional Protocol on children and armed conflict [CRINMAIL 356].

Other international mechanisms

Read about the UN Security Council's work on children and armed conflict
Security Council Resolutions on children and armed conflict: 
1261 (1999), 1314 (2000), 1379 (2001), 1460 (2003), 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009) and 1998 (2011)

The International Criminal Court and child rights   

Country updates: Afghanistan, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda (northern)

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