Across the globe, a dramatic gap exists between efforts and outcomes in realizing accountability for grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict. To address this gap many practical opportunities exist. This report highlights this “accountability gap” based on evaluation of a number of mechanisms utilized at the national and international levels, including the UN Security Council, to achieve accountability for violations against children in armed conflict. The report focuses specifically on 7 contemporary situations of armed conflict. The report also presents practical policy options intended to improve and prioritize accountability for violations against children in armed conflict.
Julia Freedson, Bridging the Accountability Gap: New Approaches to Addressing Violations Against Children in Armed Conflict (Cambridge, MA: Conflict Dynamics International, 2011).