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Wednesday 17th of July 2019

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Extreme Measures: Abuses against Children Detained as National Security Threats


Human Rights Watch

Abstract

The rise of extremist armed groups such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram has brought renewed attention to the plight of children—both as victims of abuses, and as fighters and militants. All too often, the concern and assistance governments offer abuse victims does not extend to those children caught up on the wrong side of the law or front line.

Human Rights Watch field research around the world increasingly finds that in countries embroiled in civil strife or armed conflict, state security forces arrest and detain children for reasons of “national security.” Often empowered by new counterterrorism legislation, they apprehend children who are linked to non-state armed groups or who pose other perceived security threats, and often hold them without charge or trial for months or even years. Their treatment and conditions of detention frequently violate international legal standards.

Scope

International

Year Language

2019 English, Arabic

Category Type

Grey Literature Report

Keywords

Abuse, Child, Detention, Security, Violence

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