publication . Article . 2017

Balancing Pragmatism and Principle: UNICEF, Child Rights and Child Génocidaires

Barrett, Jastine;
Open Access
  • Published: 27 Jul 2017 Journal: Human Rights Law Review, volume 18, pages 31-59 (issn: 1461-7781, eissn: 1744-1021, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Following the 1994 genocide, more than 4,500 children were held in Rwandan prisons, most accused of genocide-related crimes. Based on field research, this article examines how the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) negotiated the tension between pragmatism and principle in its approach to child génocidaires. It profiles the contextual approach adopted by UNICEF in interpreting international juvenile justice standards, drawing out tensions within UNICEF and between UNICEF and other actors over how best to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child (particularly as regards detention). It then evaluates whether there was a risk of weakening the normat...
free text keywords: Sociology, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Normative, Law, Genocide, Field research, Pragmatism, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, K
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