IPJJ - Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice


Report of the Secretary-General on Children and armed conflict

2013 - United Nations Secretary-General
The document entitled "Children and armed conflict - Report of the Secretary-General" was presented to the Security Council in June 2013, in accordance with its resolution 2068 (2012).

This report describes a number of emerging challenges regarding the impact of the evolving nature of armed conflict. It explores some tools to enforce compliance by armed forces and armed groups with child rights obligations and provides information on grave violations committed against children and progress made by parties on dialogue, action plans and other measures to halt and prevent such grave violations. The report includes a section on the "detention of children by security forces", highlighting the growing practice of States to arrest and detain children with or without criminal charges, be it as a perceived threat to national security, for alleged membership in an armed group or for acts committed while participating in hostilities. It also emphasises the principle that children associated with armed groups should be regarded as victims and not as perpetrators. The report concludes with a series of recommendations to the Security Council.

Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese, 51 pages.

Source of document : UN
Type of document : UN documents