“As a child soldier, your rights are constantly violated,” said Ishmael Beah, human rights spokesman and former child soldier. There are many children around the world who went through what Ishmael Beah did and feel the same way. Using children as soldiers has been a large issue around the world, with children being forced to fight in the army or resistance groups. Children are given a weapon and some clothes, then they are thrown out onto the battlefield, doing whatever it takes to survive and to kill. The use of child soldiers in Afghanistan is a human rights violation for many reasons.
In the article “Should Child Soldiers be Prosecuted for their Crimes?” it states, “‘... this principle might mitigate the responsibility of a child soldier who was forcibly recruited and forced, under threat of harm, to commit war crimes,’ ICRC adviser Young said”(Johannesburg). This shows that sometimes child soldiers are forced into committing a war crime which is illegal. And it would be very unfair if child soldiers were prosecuted because it is their commanders that are pushing them and forcing them to do such acts. It isn’t the child 's fault because they don’t know or understand what is happening and they don’t know they are doing something wrong because the leader told them to do it. Also, according to the Invisible Children Association, “...child soldiers are often forced into fighting through false promises.
In the article Child Soldiers Should Be Prosecuted, it states “ In Sierra Leone child soldiers committed acts of rape, mutilation and mass killings of civilians.”(na some people will think that they should be held against their crimes but they were forced to kill by the commanders they would have not done any of these stuff if they weren’t forced to do it they were kids and believed in everything so when they got taken the commander could have told them he's their dad so they look up to him as a leader and do everything they say so they will also do it for food because they don’t get to eat if they don’t kill and go out to war. Also, it must be said that they are just little kids and they don’t know what is right from wrong in the article armed and underage, it states, “He is shouldering an automatic fully loaded rifle.” This shows that they are little and they are forced to carry the gun or they will be made an example of by the commanders or some of the commanders solder and then they will use that to have more control over them because they will be scared and they will know what will happen if they try to display him. This is why some people think that they should be prosecuted but they should be given amtey because they were young and they were forced into
Commanders take kids in their prime learning stage and drill bad habits into their heads. Some believe that kids should just walk free without any questioning. Many children are told to kill or be killed. Many children are scared for their life and only want to live. As a community we don't understand that their are so many kids that they are coming in like an endless flood.
Focusing on social inequalities, in this time period, children were influenced by the social class of their parents and the desired ideal of wiping out an entire group of people, “If idiots like you and your father didn’t take people in we’d be rid of them by now. They’d all just rot in Hazarjot where they belong,” (Hosseini 41). Assef, a Pashtun repeatedly encourages Amir to refrain from befriending and supporting Hassan, a Hazara. While Amir is aware of the social differences between himself and Hassan, he had never been in support of the “‘Ethnic cleansing,’ Assef murmured, tasting the words,” (Hosseini 244) that other members of his ethnic identity had supported. At this time, the minority of the Hazaras were persecuted and targeted for their ethnicity.
Naturally, the victor can be the person who was responsible for killing the children of that particular district. For the poor districts the Games are about living in constant fear of either death or losing one of their loved ones. The violent events in the arenas might entertain the Capitol residents, but “they cannot fool those in the districts, who are faced every day with the signifiers of violent repression” such as whippings or executions (Day
And tried to wash away his guilt. Saying “I am innocent of the blood of this just man.” Then the people answered, “His blood be on us and our children.” What an evil attitude. When we say the sin that I commit be on me and my children, we are treading on flooding waters. We have to be careful about “sin” because your sin can go down to your children. Many children are suffering because of the sin of the parents.
Most are younger than fifteen and do not know what they are getting themselves into. In the article, “Should Child Soldiers be Prosecuted for Their Crimes?” by Johannesburg, it states “Children are often desired as recruits because they can be easily intimidated and indoctrinated. They lack the mental maturity and judgment to express consent or to fully understand the implications of their actions… and are pushed by their adult commanders into perpetrating atrocities,” the report said. This quote shows us why so many armies are recruiting children to fight. Children of younger ages don’t really have the power to fight back adults and with undeveloped minds, they can be easily made to do something that they don’t really want to do.
Child soldiers are an element of the Civil War that rarely gets discussed. Most people associate the Civil War with men fighting for their beliefs and do not realize that boys or children fought as well. Children were as much a part of the war as adults; the reason for this is they too have to live with the results of the war. Children under eighteen years of age were not allowed to fight in the war but took up other positions to aid the war. These children of the Civil War supported and fought during it for a variety of reasons; these reasons include their patriotism and eagerness to fight and prove themselves.
Despite the fact that some people believe child soldiers are replicas or replicate child criminals, child soldiers should be given amnesty because they aren't morally responsible for their actions, they are forced into fighting, and the goal should be to rehabilitate the child soldiers and not to punish them. First of all, child soldiers should not be held accountable for their actions during wartime. While it is well known that children make imperfect decisions all the time, there is a scientific reasoning to this phenomena. Studies show that “the section of the brain known as the frontal lobes controls decision making and only fully develops well into your 20's. Children simply lack the ability to think of the long-term consequences of their actions” (Invisible Children).
Only that they know who are the enemy, and how to kill. The child soldiers should be given amnesty as they don’t know what they are doing is wrong, that they are being manipulated into doing things, only that they are threatened if they don’t do as they are told. When we are kids the first thing we learn is what is good, and what is bad to do. Often the child soldiers parents are dead, or the parents are the ones who sent the kids to war. And at a young age without the schooling, or someone telling them what is good, they are taught that killing the enemy is good.