Essay on Child Soldiers
a) The nature of the human rights issue
A child soldier is a person under the age of 18 who participates, directly or indirectly, in armed conflicts as part of an armed force or group, in either armed and supporting roles. The use of children in armed conflict is considered to be a form of slavery or human trafficking. Although children join armed groups ‘voluntarily’ it often involves coercion, force or deception, or the child may see no other option for survival but to join. The UN and human rights watch estimated that the number of children serving in armed conflicts at between 200 000- 300 000. The UN reported 57 armed groups’ worldwide using child soldiers.
b) Where the human rights issue occurs.
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Non legal responses:
International responses include;
-the United Nations which monitors the use of child soldiers worldwide
- the international labour organisation and unicef which play a role in research and studies into the status of the problem, providing recommendations to the UN and to member states and promoting the obligations of the treaties on children in armed conflict
- and the coalition to stop the use of child soldiers which compromises many different member organisations with a common