- Migrants, rights — Children, rights — Armed conflict
This chapter begins by defining the meaning of "child" in the inter-American system and surveying the content and relationship of the regional and international instruments that form the normative framework of children’s rights in the Americas. It then surveys how the concept and protection of children’s rights have evolved and how the System defines and determines what is in the best interest of children, and the special measures available to protect those interests under international law in general and inter-American jurisprudence in particular. After setting out the relevant framework to protect children’s rights, the chapter turns to practical questions, for example, how the Commission and Court have addressed violence against children, including in contexts of social unrest and armed conflict, the recent increase in the numbers of unaccompanied, migrant children in the Americas, and states obligations to internally and internationally displaced minors in the Inter-American system.
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