Children associated with terrorist groups in the context of the legal framework for child soldiers
Nina H. B. Jorgensen
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Questions of international law, zoom-in 60, 2019, p. 5-23
This article aims to provide a preliminary assessment of the extent to which the phenomenon of children who are recruited or born into terrorist groups fits within the legal and conceptual framework concerning the recruitment and use of child soldiers. As both ‘terrorism’ and ‘terrorist group’ lack universally accepted definitions, reliance is placed on United Nations, regional and national sanctions lists to identify relevant organisations. This article focuses on the activities of Islamic State (IS or ISIL) in Syria and Iraq, and Boko Haram in Nigeria to illustrate the factual context.
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