Legal Note No. 2: International law protections for refugee children: Gender-based rights considerations

This legal note outlines the international law protections for refugee children that are fragmented across multiple legal instruments. Gender-based concerns do not tend to be the key focus of the legal instruments themselves, although in recent decades, UN agencies and NGOs have clearly identified such concerns in relation to displaced children. Despite widespread ratification, international human rights instruments are often hampered by inadequate incorporation into domestic legal systems of State parties and a lack of accountability of State parties for their noncompliance.

Keywords: children, refugee, protection, rights of the child, impunity, legislation, human rights, UNCRC, Palermo Protocol

Accountability Unit - Legal Note No. 2 - April 2017