Workshop: Child Soldiers/Optional Protocol and Small Arms

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Subject: Workshop: Child Soldiers/Optional Protocol and Small Arms
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Fri Mar 12 1999 - 17:39:24 EST


FM Alert, Vol. III, No. 10
March 12, 1999

UNICEF-SPONSORED WORKING GROUP EXAMINES PHENOMENON OF CHILD SOLDIERS

        Strengthening migration management frameworks throughout the world
could help address the phenomenon of child soldiers, according to some
participants at an UNICEF-co-sponsored workshop, held under the auspices of
its NGO Working Group on Children in Armed Conflict. Representatives of
international organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and
academics attended the March 8 workshop, "Child Soldiers/Optional Protocol
and Small Arms," which was also co-sponsored by the International Rescue
Committee and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The
main aim of the gathering was to promote an exchange of information on the
phenomenon of child soldiers. Uprooted children can become embroiled in
armed conflicts. The meeting featured presentation by several experts,
including Jo Becker of the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch,
and Rachel Stohl, a research analyst at the Center for Defense Information.
Future meetings of the UNICEF NGO Working Group will examine the topics of
rights-based programming, lobbying strategies for the United Nations, and
new initiatives in field-based programming for children in armed conflict.
The Forced Migration Projects and the Emma Lazarus Fund, part of the Soros
foundations network, are sponsors of a seminar series on promoting the
rights of refugee and migrant children. The last meeting on January 19
discussed guidelines for children's asylum claims in the United States.

For more information contact:
     The Forced Migration Projects
     400 West 59th Street, 4th floor
     New York, NY 10019
     tel: (212)548-0655
     fax: (212) 548-4676
     e-mail: refugee@sorosny.org
     website: www.soros.org/migrate.html


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