Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
In 1993, in a statement before the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Sudan referred to “days of tranquillity and corridors of peace. The former had begun in 1985 and had continued ever since … The corridors had been used, for example, in vaccination campaigns run by UNICEF and in most cases the rebel movements had participated in those campaigns.”
In 1993, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Sudan stated:
3. In fact, the efforts made by the Government of the Sudan … are conclusive proof of its concern with and commitment to the rights and happiness of children; the Sudan is the country which introduced security corridors in areas of fighting and sought to cooperate with United Nations agencies … to ensure the delivery of relief supplies to children, mothers and all citizens throughout the whole of the Sudan, including the areas controlled by the rebel movement.
17. … concerning the situation of children in areas of armed conflict, … “special” care is directed towards children and valuable efforts are being made … to protect children and respond to their needs.
In 1993, in a statement before the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Sudan reported that “education for displaced children had been made available in the form of special schools in the camps”.
[C]hildren's right – in particular girls’ – to quality education in war and disasters is a vital part of protecting children during conflict. Attending school can create a sense of normality and a vision for a better future in an otherwise chaotic situation. It is therefore all the more disturbing that there were attacks on education facilities in at least 70 countries in 2009-2013. Since then it has just escalated in a number of conflicts. We must increase our efforts to uphold the right to education, even in conflict situations. … The Safe Schools Declaration expresses a commitment to protect education from attack. It merits our full consideration and we hope that it will be endorsed by as many as possible.