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Should child soldiers be prosecuted for war crimes?

  • They should be prosecuted

    I believe child soldiers should not get amnesty for their war crimes because commanders will keep getting more child soldiers to fight. If the children are not getting prosecuted their commanders will continue getting more child soldiers to fight in the war, because the children easily intimidated, and continue to use these children in terrible ways like mass murdering and rape. According to the article, “Child Soldiers”, “If child soldiers are not prosecuted this could be an incentive for their commanders to delegate them to commit war crimes as they would know there are no consequences.” To me this means that if child soldiers are not prosecuted, it will make their commanders make the children commit devastating war crimes like mass murder because there would be no consequences. Although most of these children have no choice but to fight, their commanders will make them do horrible things and capture more children if they are not prosecuted.

  • They should be prosecuted

    I believe child soldiers should not get amnesty for their war crimes because commanders will keep getting more child soldiers to fight. If the children are not getting prosecuted their commanders will continue getting more child soldiers to fight in the war, because the children easily intimidated, and continue to use these children in terrible ways like mass murdering and rape. According to the article, “Child Soldiers”, “If child soldiers are not prosecuted this could be an incentive for their commanders to delegate them to commit war crimes as they would know there are no consequences.” To me this means that if child soldiers are not prosecuted, it will make their commanders make the children commit devastating war crimes like mass murder because there would be no consequences. Although most of these children have no choice but to fight, their commanders will make them do horrible things and capture more children if they are not prosecuted.

  • They must be prosecuted

    Children are able to make decisions on their own. Many children choose to serve in the army. They believe in the cause of their nation and want to contribute to their national pride. These children had chosen their path. They have to be prosecuted for the choice that they had made.

  • Child soldiers should be prosecuted

    Not prosecuting child soldiers may encourage commanders to use child soldiers to commit war crimes because they know there will be no consequences. International efforts to deter warring parties from committing atrocities require a clear and credible message to be sent: anyone involved in war crimes will face justice in future.

    Posted by: kaks
  • Old enough to rape means old enough to face punishment.

    If a child is capable of raping and amputating victims then yes they should face prosecution because these acts of direct violence require physical capability. But killing, bombing and indirect violence must be investigated case by case. Even a 3 yr old can be told to press a button that can explode a bomb which kills hundreds, but if a 11 yr old commits a crime directly (ie maims someone) but also indirectly (ie sets off a bomb), they have enough awareness to know what they are doing and what the consequences are. As long as rebel leaders and kids know that they will face punishment regardless of age, the children will be less used as easy scapegoats for soldier leaders and other adult soldiers to escape justice entirely. In long term it will be better for the kids and the younger upcoming generation if they face punishment regardless of age.

  • Yes child soldeirs should be prosecuted

    Child soldiers need to be prosecuted because they are just as bad as criminals. In addition to that they have commited attrocites far worse than murder some even include rape. Lastly prosecution might be the things that saves them. Prosectuons is a time to reflect on their mistakes aka rehibilitation

  • Yes child soldeirs should be prosecuted

    Child soldiers need to be prosecuted because they are just as bad as criminals. In addition to that they have commited attrocites far worse than murder some even include rape. Lastly prosecution might be the things that saves them. Prosectuons is a time to reflect on their mistakes aka rehibilitation

  • Yes child soldeirs should be prosecuted

    Child soldiers need to be prosecuted because they are just as bad as criminals. In addition to that they have commited attrocites far worse than murder some even include rape. Lastly prosecution might be the things that saves them. Prosectuons is a time to reflect on their mistakes aka rehibilitation

  • Yes child soldeirs should be prosecuted

    Child soldiers need to be prosecuted because they are just as bad as criminals. In addition to that they have commited attrocites far worse than murder some even include rape. Lastly prosecution might be the things that saves them. Prosectuons is a time to reflect on their mistakes aka rehibilitation

  • Yes child soldeirs should be prosecuted

    Child soldiers need to be prosecuted because they are just as bad as criminals. In addition to that they have commited attrocites far worse than murder some even include rape. Lastly prosecution might be the things that saves them. Prosectuons is a time to reflect on their mistakes aka rehibilitation

  • Child Soldiers Should not be Prosicuted

    Child Soldiers should not be prosecuted as the war general and his men or other children have their family's killed and some are taken and some feel that the government will protect tell as that is what they are taught, they then get back stabbed and are forced to kill. They are drugged and if they are not responding to what the warlords say or don't do something right, they are killed, some camps, one child soldier and week or so are killed each week for no reason. So if they are rescued, they are traumatized and need help more than anything, they stay in the transit camps till their parents are found, some parents are ashamed of what there child has done and wont take them, they need help and not prosecution. Thank you.

  • Read mine ok

    Most child soldiers are kidnapped and drugged they also have no control over there actions during that time and are forced in to killing people I mean think about it if your whole family is dead and when you join the army with a slight chance of getting out would you take that or not?

  • They should not be prosecuted

    In most cases, child soldiers are kidnapped and forced to commit murder. It is not their decision to commit these crimes, it's the decision of warlords such as Joseph Kony, forcing these children to commit these acts. They are also drugged and have no control over their decisions. So no child soldiers should not be prosecuted for war crimes, because they are children and have no control over what they are doing.

  • No they shouldn't

    The child soldiers in the middle east are forced to commit murder and treason. They are abducted at a young age and are raped, drugged, fed cocaine with gun powder (that is a true fact) and they are desensitized to violence. Would you kill to keep yourself from being tortured?

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  • Their still children we all must remember that.

    These children have seen their family and friends shot mercilessly. So we have to suspect there will be psychological damage. This is something that will leave them scared for life. An yes their are some who chose to fight, to kill but they have no other option cause without a gun how will they protect themselves. They might not want to kill but everyone else is trying to kill them so they have no choice.

  • No, child soldier shouldn't be prosecuted for war crimes.

    They were most likely forced into doing so, plus they don't really have much family to rely on because they are probably dead. These children are also drugged by their commanders with a drug called brown-brown, it's a mixture of gunpowder and cocaine. These children are very different from child criminals because the child criminals had choice and child soldiers don't have a choice. Either they kill OR get killed or tortured. These children shouldn't be prosecuted but be given some help and education. They might even still have nightmares of all these things. Children aren't really fully developed, they do what others do in this situation commanders.


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