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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Children, International Protection

Evarist Baimu

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 October 2021

Subject(s):
Children, rights

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), nearly eight million children died in 2010 before reaching the age of five, largely due to preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, and birth complications (State of the World’s Children Report 2012 14). Millions of others are engaged in the worst forms of child labour, including active participation in hostilities (Children and Armed Conflict). These, and other children in difficult situations, need protection. In this contribution the term ‘children’ refers to persons below the age of 18....
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