Perpetrators and Victims: Prosecuting Children for the Commission of International Crimes

Edinburgh University Press
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African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2006, 14 (1), pp. 83 - 103
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Everyone talks about "the impact of war on children". But how do you measure the impact of war? Who suffers the greater horror, the child who is violated, or the child who is forced to become a perpetrator? We are the victim, the perpetrator and the witness, all at once.1 Where an individual can be held responsible for their actions, failure to bring them to justice will support impunity and lead to a denial of justice to their victims. It may even encourage the use of children to commit atrocities.2 , We were saying: Rule, glory, power - is all for us. But we were only dogs of the king, and we enjoyed it for a very short period
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