Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Section E. Rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers
In 2004, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of Child under Article 8(1) of the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Finland stated:
18. The Government of Finland’s report on human rights policy, released in March 2004, states that children in the midst of international conflicts and civil wars require special protection. Child soldiers, like other children affected by war, are victims.
19. The Government supports all United Nations activities through which boys and girls who have become victims of armed conflict are taken into account (so-called mainstreaming). It gives its full support to the United Nations mechanisms and organizations that strive to improve the position of all child victims of armed conflict and help their post-conflict recovery. It supports a comprehensive approach when child victims of armed conflict are helped. Children should be our special concern even before any conflict erupts and, during conflict, their rehabilitation and mental recovery should also be taken care of after the end of hostilities.