Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups

Chair, Cecilia Polizzi

Working Group on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups

For more information, please contact Cecelia Polizzi

Tel. +49 15225679548

Summary

The development of terrorism throughout the 20th and 21st centuries has been characterized by the increasing involvement of children. Children recruited and exploited by terrorist groups are victims of violence at multiple levels. Violence experienced during enlistment includes ferocious recruitment methods, enslavement, sexual exploitation and threat. The malleability to indoctrination, enhances the vulnerability of children as targets for coercion or induction by other means to involve in criminal offenses, including acts of terrorism, war crimes or crimes against the humanity.

The criminalization of child conduct may lead to a secondary victimization within the justice system as in conjunction with the absence of effective mechanisms of rehabilitation, it fails to address children as victims. The Working Group on Children Recruited and Exploited by Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups is established within the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and in support of its ends. Its purpose is to create a functional platform for civil society engagement in the prevention of violence against children and recruitment and exploitation by terrorist groups as well as prioritize and strengthen United Nations and UN Member States activities regarding the issue.

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