Red Hand Day for Child Soldiers is an annual commemoration drawing attention to the plight of children forced to serve as soldiers in wars and armed conflicts.
The Red Hand symbol has been used all over the world by the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers and many civil society organizations to say no to the recruitment and use of child soldiers.
The Day was initiated in 2002 when the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict came into force on 12 February.
The Red Hand Day has become a special occasion for national and regional coalitions, NGOs, individuals and interested parties to hold events to highlight the issue of child soldiers.
Some alarming facts about the use of children in wars include:
- According to the Study on the evolution of the Children and Armed Conflict mandate 1996-2021, more than a third of all…
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