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07 Jul 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

I. Overview

The long-running debate about whether seeking justice for grave international crimes interferes with prospects for peace has intensified as the possibility of national leaders being brought to trial for human rights violations becomes more likely. The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, which is mandated to investigate and prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, has already issued its first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state-Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir.

12 Feb 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ex-Child Soldiers, Other Youth Appeal to Secretary-General on Treaty Anniversary

(New York, February 12, 2009) - Former child soldiers and other youth representing a grassroots campaign from around the world will present thousands of symbolic "red hands" to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today to demand stronger action by international leaders to end the use of child soldiers.

A UN treaty prohibiting the forced recruitment or use of children under the age of 18 in armed conflict, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of …

12 Feb 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York) - D'anciens enfants soldats et d'autres jeunes représentant un mouvement populaire émanant du monde entier, remettront aujourd'hui des milliers de « mains rouges » symboliques au Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, pour exiger une action plus énergique des dirigeants internationaux afin de mettre fin à l'utilisation des enfants soldats.

Un traité des Nations Unies interdisant le recrutement forcé ou l'utilisation d'enfants de moins de dix-huit ans dans un conflit armé, le Protocole facultatif additionnel à la Convention des droits de …