Child Victims of War is concerned about the effect drone warfare is having on children. Not only are children being killed and injured, but the long periods or surveillance together with the unpredictability of the missile strikes is creating psychological trauma, including anticipatory anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The use of drones needs to be challenged. International law establishes the importance of protecting children affected by armed conflict. Thanks to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) it has been established that States should “take all feasible measures to ensure protection and care of children who are affected by armed conflict”, (Article 38). As the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world the CRC should be highly valued on an international level.

 The use of drones in armed conflict violates numerous articles of the CRC:

–          Article 3: The best interests of the child are always a primary consideration.

–          Article 6: The right to life, to survival and to development.

–          Article 19: The right to be protected from physical and mental violence.

–          Article 28: The right to education.

–          Article 31: The right to rest and play.

–          Article 38: Respect for International Humanitarian Law during conflicts.

For more information on how drone warfare contravenes the Convention on the Rights of the Child, see our Drone Campaign Brief

Action

Child Victims of War launched a postcard campaign to MPs to address these issues on March 21st to coincide with  ‘Fly Kites not Drones’ International Weekend of Action March 21st -23rd initiated by Voices for Creative Non-Violence.

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Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 152

Demo at RAF Waddington  1st October 2016

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