Armed conflict

UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on children and armed conflict

CRIN and Child Soldiers International produced a joint briefing on the UN Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on children and armed conflict to mark 10 years since the UN Security Council established the monitoring and reporting mechanism (MRM): a global process designed to hold to account those who commit grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflict. After criticism of the UN for its failure to apply MRM standards to Israel, the anniversary was an opportunity to take stock and identify challenges that impede the functioning of the mechanism.

Indeed, the strong influence of Security Council Member States and other powerful governments over the process has, in certain instances, politicised the mechanism and undermined its primary objective of being an evidence-based tool with the potential to have a tangible and positive impact on the lives of children in conflict-affected countries.

The joint briefing reviews how the MRM works and proposes recommendations based on its potential and current challenges. It urges all parties and bodies to ensure that the process is based on independent and impartial evidence gathering and assessment, and that it remains free of political interference.

Read the joint briefing.

International Committee of the Red Cross

CRIN drafted a guide based on a series of trainings given on the prevention of sexual violence in armed conflict with the regional office for the Middle East and North Africa of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The aim of the guide is to encourage other organisations to replicate similar trainings. Participants included judges, military commanders and government officials from all countries in the region. One of the trainings was organised with the League of Arab States following an action plan signed with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary ­General on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict to mobilise political commitment from Arab States to combat conflict-related sexual violence.