On Universal Children’s Day, Child Soldiers International reaffirms the need for global action to protect children from use in armed conflict.
Universal Children’s Day marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Since then, 194 countries have become party to it, thereby pledging to protect and uphold the rights of children in their countries. Yet, tens of thousands of children are still involved in armed conflicts across the globe, many of them in non-state armed groups.Read more.
Child Soldiers International is an international human rights research and advocacy organisation. We seek to end the military recruitment and the use in hostilities, in any capacity, of any person under the age of 18 by state armed forces or non-state armed groups. We advocate for the release of unlawfully recruited children, promote their successful reintegration into civilian life, and call for accountability for those who unlawfully recruit or use them.Read more about us.
We work to end the military recruitment of under-18s globally and to prevent their use in armed conflict wherever it occurs. We do this through global monitoring, in-depth work on selected countries, and research and analysis on key thematic issues relating to child soldiers. Find out more about our work (and how we seek to influence and create change at the national and international level).