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The Six Grave Violations against Children during Armed Conflict: The Legal Foundation

UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (OSRSG-CAAC)

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October 2009

This resource lays out the legal basis for the UN Security Council’s prioritization of six grave violations committed against children during armed conflict. It is intended to serve as a legal guide to help strengthen child protection and end impunity of crimes. It draws on international humanitarian law, human rights law, jurisprudence, and UN Security Council resolutions to establish killing and maiming, recruitment and use in conflict, rape and sexual violence, abduction, attacks against schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access as the most serious crimes committed against children in situations of armed conflict.

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