[International] How can we meet children’s needs and rights in humanitarian situations?

05 Mar 2018
International Committee of the Red Cross

This is a critical speech of Helen Durham, on behalf of ICRC, addressing the framework of protection of children under human rights law, humanitarian law and refugee law. She calls the attention to the fact that, today, children represent more than half of refugees all around and recalls the obligations of the states to protect children in all situations, regardless of crisis, and grant them access to health services, education and assistance. Her final notes are that the problem is not the legal setting itself, but the challenges on implementation and political and physical boundaries states often use as an excuse not to respect such standards.

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