Thousands and thousands, of children in the Middle East and Africa, are being used as soldiers where it is needed. These children kill others and do things that no other child should have to do. People wonder if child soldiers should be given amnesty or not. The issue of child soldiers came to worldwide attention when Ishmael Beah published his book A Long Way Gone, which was based on what happened while he was a child soldier. A child soldier is someone under the age of eighteen and who is used in wars.
Child soldiers are a big topic at the moment, but not the children themselves, but if they should or shouldn’t be given amnesty. Due to them criminals, many think they should be locked up. Although some forget that they are also children, children who did anything they could to survive, children who lost everything; which is why amnesty should be given to these children. First, they were only following the orders given to them. Some might say they made the choice, in most cases, it was most likely life or death for these kids.
Combatants are unwillingly forced into battle. Adolescents were used to perform various jobs. There are many possible jobs child combatants could do, for example, “They serve as porters or cooks, guards, messengers or spies. Many are pressed into combat, where they may be forced to the front lines or sent into minefields ahead of older troops. Children have also been used for suicide missions.
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).
“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.
The Child Witness And The Proceedings Before The International Criminal Court Uluslararası Ceza Mahkemesi Önünde Çocuk Tanıklar Abstract: Children suffer harm by becoming victims of international crimes during armed conflict. Together with the United Nations Security Council, both under their own mandate, the International Criminal Court tries to protect the child victims of armed conflict under international law. As a result of children’s presence in the conflict area, child victims often become witnesses of international crimes. The involvement of those children as witnesses in international criminal proceedings is a new development. The procedural involvement of the child witness in international criminal proceedings brings along challenges,
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This supports the claim that the practices in wars that are being fought in African countries need to change because both young girls and boys are being forced to fight or help in these wars across Africa, and the conditions some of them are being put through are illegal. Moreover, from “Armed and Underage”, The New York Times states, “In Africa, the problem [of child soldiers] is especially severe...Child soldiers are also being used in conflicts in Sudan (both southern Sudan and in Darfur), Chad, the Central African Republic, and Somalia,
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