These child soldiers think that being enlisted will lead to a more secure life with shelter and food, unfortunately they do not realize what they have to do in order to receive that kind of life. While many children did lose their loved ones and wanted to avenge their deaths, it is not accounted for how clueless and how fast these children are at making decisions. Some people may say that child soldiers were completely aware of their actions, however many other children were still involuntarily brought into battle. According to the Guardian, over 90% of the children who live in countries troubled with conflict, and at times have to be sold into fighting. With the continuation of these conflicts and the decrease of families financial resources “‘many have no choice but to send their children to work or marry their daughters early’” (The Guardian).
Because of this and more, child soldiers should clearly be granted amnesty. One of many reasons that child soldiers do not deserve punishment for their crimes is the fact that none of these people were bad to begin with. They were forced to watch their families die right in front of them. Also, most of these children feel terrible about the crimes they’ve committed unless brainwashed to feel otherwise. There are exceptions, but the majority would have never committed a crime if they hadn’t been recruited.
This clearly shows that child soldiers are victims because they don’t have a choice to be a child soldier and kill people. Since they are trying to not disobey the leader so nothing bad will happen to them. I personally think that adults taking children out of their own house, taking them away from their own family members already makes them a victim. But when they are training and listening to their leader to make sure they are safe makes them an even more victim than they already
Child soldiers are practically forced into fighting, have seen loved ones brutally killed or tortured, and have been drugged. These actions were not choices by these kids but choices that were made for them. Therefore, child soldiers should be given amnesty for the crimes that they did not want to commit, rather than the ones they wanted to commit. Child soldiers should be given amnesty because they were forced to fight, have been drugged, and have witnessed their own families being killed or tortured. Children have been the main victims in these attacks against people.
It is estimated that more than 200,000 child soldiers are fighting, usually against their will (DoSomething.org). Child soldiers are victims of war and fighting and should receive help for their traumatic experiences rather than punishment. Many child soldiers are forced to fight, cook, be messengers,
Another reason why child soldiers abuse their power is because they do not get punished by the government or by the lawyers because the government protects all of the soldiers from being sewed ”Allowing child soldiers immunity from prosecution denies victims justice. If you are a victim of an ordinary crime at the hands of a child, that child can be prosecuted and held to account but if you are the victim of a child soldier this would not occur.” From this piece we could tell that if a child soldier or a soldier in general sexually assaults or physically harms another person he won't get punished for that, but if a normal person does something to a soldier he would get sewed or get in jail for a long
What exactly these boundaries are, and how to enforce them, is a source of controversy. Proponents of Just War Theory, such as John Rawls, believe that “in the conduct of war, a democratic society must carefully distinguish three groups: the states’ leaders and officials, its soldiers, and its civilian population” (Rawls 114), and there exist international laws and statues that provide heavy protection to civilians during wartime. As a result of this human intuition to fight fair, civilians have certain moral rights during wartime, despite any uncertainty around the logistics of these moral rights. The intentional killing of innocents during wartime violates these rights and oversteps the moral boundaries of
In relation to the themes, certain aspects would have a difference in opinions by my two chosen people. Certainly, there are aspects, which is hard to relate to and understand when you are in this setting and has yet to join any kind of war or conflict. This perception would be different if it were the case of modern times as we have more sources and availability for this kind of knowledge then what was available in the First World War. The media and war propaganda was definitely not the same as what we experience today, but they were influenced by their parents, government, school, textbooks to believe that war was honourable and right. When something has been indoctrinated in such a way as this had been, it will be difficult to see things in any other way since, there is only a single perception they have been taught all their lives.
All our life we commit mistakes, but should a young teen’s life be taken away in a an instant because of an idiotic mistake they made? According to the eighth amendment, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” It would be cruel to give a young teen a mandatory life sentence without parole without giving them the chance to redeem him/herself and get their life back together. I understand that there are crimes that have no forgiveness, however there are several teens that don 't realize what they are doing. “Young people are biologically different from adults” (Garinger 1). In this case, I agree with the majority of the Supreme Court Justice who believe that mandatory life
In reference to a bill introduced to Congress forbidding the use of tactics defined by torture; The United States government must consider all of the ethical options and possibilities they have. Torturing anyone is morally unethical but allowing terrorists to murder innocent civilians is against every moral we, as humans possess. As morally just people America needs to find the exceptions in which we are willing to use torture in countering terrorism. As leaders of the free world our government has the responsibility to do everything in their power to protect innocent people and gain the needed information to do so. In order to win the war on terror, officials will occasionally have no choice but to torture the terrorists withholding information to prevent these attacks on humanity.