preview

How To Reduce Child Soldiers

Decent Essays
This principle of state sovereignty prevents the enforcement of human rights since no nation-state can interfere in the domestic affairs of another nation unless authorised by the United Nations, thus human rights may not be protected. In regard to the issue of child soldiers, involvement in armed conflict has resulted in serious abuses of human rights, which accumulates to breaches of war crimes. As a result, the international community has responded to the issue of child soldiers, both internationally and domestically. Significantly, the special vulnerability of children is recognised in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, which states that children are “entitled to special care and assistance”. However, despite UDHR moral weight and a framework of principles for member states, it is soft law so as a result, it is non-binding but still influential, rather than containing hard law obligations.
Get Access