Amnesty International, Rights of Children

[from the Amnesty International website]


Across the world children are denied their human rights, including for example, their right to education. They are recruited into armed forces. They are subjected to the death penalty, are disappeared, are punished by cruel and inhumane methods and suffer many other forms of violence.
Child soldiers

Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children under 18 have been affected by armed conflict.

They are recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia and a variety of other armed groups. Often they are abducted at school, on the streets or at home. Others enlist “voluntarily”, usually because they see few alternatives. Yet international law prohibits the participation in armed conflict of children aged under 18.

It means that in reality girls and boys illegally and under force, participate in combat where frequently they are injured or killed. Others are used as spies, messengers, porters, servants or to lay or clear landmines. Girls are at particular risk of rape and other sexual abuse.

Such children are robbed of their childhood and exposed to terrible dangers and to psychological and physical suffering.
Other forms of violence against children

Children routinely face other violence – at school, in institutions meant for their protection, in juvenile detention centres and too often in their own homes.

Violence against children happens in all parts of the world.

A small – and diminishing – number of countries execute those who were children at the time of their offences. Since 2004, only China, Iran, Pakistan and Sudan have put child offenders to death. Ending the execution of child offenders is a major objective in itself and an important step on the road to total abolition of the death penalty.


Everyone has the right to education—which should be available free to all at least at the primary level. Education is also indispensable in realizing other human rights.

Across the world many children miss out on their education because:
they are made to work,
they are recruited into armed forces,
their families do not have the means to pay for schooling,
discrimination and racism undermine their chance to receive an education,
they face violence as they pursue their education.

School fees and related costs are a common barrier to education. These charges – which may be called “voluntary” quotas, matriculation fees or examination costs – are a greater burden for children from poor families, and they disproportionately affect those who are racial and ethnic minorities, members of Indigenous communities and migrants.

Girls are more likely to be excluded from school than boys when there isn’t enough money to go round.

Key facts

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989 to protect the rights of children, is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. It encompasses civil rights and freedoms, family environment, basic health and welfare, education, leisure and cultural activities and special protection measures for children.
There are estimated to be between 100 million and 150 million street children in the world, and this number is growing. Of those some 5-10% have run away from or been abandoned by their families.
Under international law, the participation of children under 18 in armed conflict is generally prohibited, and the recruitment and use of children under 15 is a war crime.
Around 4,500 children are currently in detention in Pakistan. More than 3,000 of them have not been convicted of any offence; their trials have either still yet to start or have not yet been completed.

Examples of what Amnesty International is doing

As a member of the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Amnesty International works to end the recruitment of children into armed forces and to reintegrate former child soldiers back into civilian life.
Amnesty International has recommended that Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia take immediate action to prohibit discrimination against Roma in education, and take further steps towards eliminating discrimination against Romani children and promoting equality in education.
Around the world, Amnesty International members, including its Youth and Student network, are campaigning to prevent the unnecessary imprisonment of children in Pakistan.

Success story
On 25 May 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. This represents a milestone in protecting children from participation in armed conflicts.

107 states were parties to the Protocol including three of the five permanent members of the Security Council (France, UK and USA) but not the Russian Federation and China. Although the Russian Federation has signed the Protocol, it has yet to ratify it and to incorporate it into national law.

To mark the sixth anniversary of the Protocol’s adoption, Amnesty International, together with the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, called on the Russian Federation to ratify it without any further delay and set 18 years as the standard minimum age for voluntary recruitment into its armed forces.

Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Violaciones de Derechos Humanos Dr. Fernando Ulloa


Reparación del daño

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Por Juliana Serritella *, Sabrina Balaña **, Federico Kaski Fullone *** y Javier Rodríguez ****

Integrantes del Centro de Asistencia a Víctimas de Violaciones de Derechos Humanos Dr. Fernando Ulloa reexaminan el concepto de “daño”, y nociones como la de “estrés postraumático”, a partir de su experiencia de trabajo en la reparación y acompañamiento a víctimas del terrorismo de Estado.

La representación de trabajo que defendemos desde el Centro Ulloa se basa en una mirada fundamentalmente reparatoria. Debe bregar por la presunción del daño que provocaron los delitos de lesa humanidad cometidos por el Estado terrorista, por la no revictimización de la persona asistida y por el rol protagónico del Estado en el reconocimiento de lo ocurrido, de sus consecuencias y en la responsabilidad de aportar las pruebas.
Desde una perspectiva objetiva, el daño se define como el menoscabo que, a consecuencia de un acaecimiento o evento determinado, sufre una persona, ya en sus bienes vitales naturales, ya en su propiedad, ya en su patrimonio. En la década de 1960, se introduce el concepto de daño a la persona: la persona es un proyecto de vida y todo lo que afecte a ese proyecto configura un daño a la persona. Se lo denomina también “daño no patrimonial”, “biológico”, “a la salud”, “extraeconómico”, “a la vida de relación”, “inmaterial”, “a la integridad psicosomática”, “no material”.
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Child Rights International Network

CRIN envisions a world in which every child enjoys all of the human rights promised by the United Nations, regional organisations, and national governments alike.


Guided by our passion for social and legal change, CRIN is building a global network for children’s rights. We press for rights, not charity, and advocate for a genuine systemic shift in how governments and societies view children.

Our inspiration is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which we use to bring children’s rights to the top of the international agenda. We launch advocacy campaigns, lead international children’s rights coalitions, and strive to make existing human rights enforcement mechanisms accessible for all.

More than 2,100 organisations in 150 countries rely on CRIN’s publications, research and information.

The Center for Justice and Accountability

The Center for Justice and Accountability is an international human rights organization dedicated to deterring torture and other severe human rights abuses around the world and advancing the rights of survivors to seek truth, justice and redress.

CJA uses litigation to hold perpetrators individually accountable for human rights abuses, develop human rights law, and advance the rule of law in countries transitioning from periods of abuse.

CJA is part of the movement for global justice for those who have been tortured or have suffered other severe human rights abuses. CJA was founded on the principle, first used during the Nuremberg trials after World War II, that certain crimes are so egregious that they represent offenses against all humankind. These crimes include genocide, crimes against humanity, extrajudicial killing and torture. CJA believes that perpetrators of such violations should be brought to justice wherever they are found.

CJA uses two civil laws to hold perpetrators of international human rights abuses accountable in the United States: the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA). We also pursue criminal human rights cases before the Spanish National Court which has initiated investigations into abuses around the world. The most famous of these cases, against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, represented the first time that a former head of state was prosecuted on the victims’ initiative.

CJA has pioneered a survivor-centered approach to the quest for justice that combines legal representation with medical and psycho-social services to both empower and heal torture survivors and their communities.

CJA leverages resources by partnering with pro bono law firms and expert witnesses to help litigate our cases. We have built a unique network of partners which includes medical professionals, therapists, military and forensic experts, refugee groups, law school clinics, and other human rights non-governmental organizations.

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