By : Marwa Mahmoud
Last Thursday, the world commemorated the International Day of innocent children Aggression Victims under the slogan “Stop attacks on children”, as the number of violations against children increased in many conflict areas in recent years. The six most common violations are the recruitment, use of children in war, killing, sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the prevention of humanitarian access.
On August 19, 1982, the General Assembly, in its emergency session on the Palestinian case , “which terrorized the large number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children as victims of Israeli aggression,” decided to celebrate on June 4 of every year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.
The purpose of this day is to recognize the pain of children throughout the world who are victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
This day underscores the United Nations commitment to protecting children’s rights. Its work is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the international human rights treaty that has been ratified more rapidly and widely in history.
The United Nations Children’s Rights Reports indicate that each of those countries Sierra Leone, Colombia, Somalia, and Afghanistan are forcing children to join an armed movements, where they are kidnapped, used, and mistreated, which fueling the wars that they have not created.
United Nations experts urged countries to protect children from sale, sexual exploitation, recruitment and use in hostilities. UN human rights experts have also appealed to governments to strengthen measures to protect children in order to contribute to preserving the welfare of millions of them around the world who may be more vulnerable to violence, sale, trafficking, sexual abuse and exploitation during the Corona pandemic situation (Coved 19).