on Behalf of Child Soldiers
of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
for Children and Armed Conflict
Radhika Coomaraswamy was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in April 2006. She was reappointed by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2007. In this capacity, she serves as a moral voice and independent advocate to build awareness and give prominence to the rights and protection of boys and girls affected by armed conflict.
helps governments, communities, and families make the world a better
place for children. Part of the United Nations system, UNICEF's mandate
and mission is to advocate for children's rights and help meet their
Tel: +44 20 7413 5500
Fax: + 44 20 7956 1157
A worldwide movement that promotes human rights. Their "Children/Juveniles"
pages contain many stories and links to child-soldier-related issues.
Amnesty International USA
600 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E., 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: (1) 202-544-0200
Fax: (1) 202-546-7142
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
The US Chapter of a worldwide movement that promotes human rights. Their "Children/Juveniles" pages contain many stories and links to child-soldier-related issues.
for Defense Information's Children & Armed Conflict Program
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (1) 202-332-0600
Fax: (1) 202-462-4559
A non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to independent
research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military
components of global security.
to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
2nd floor, 2-12 Pentonville Road
London N1 9FP, United Kingdom.
Phone: (44) 20 7713 2761
Fax: (44) 20 7713 2794
A coalition of non-governmental organizations which acts to prevent
the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, to secure their
demobilisation and to ensure their rehabilitation and reintegration
Defence for Children International
Rue de Varembe 1· PO Box 88
CH 1211 Geneva 20 SWITZERLAND
Phone: (41) 22 734 05 58
Fax: (41) 22 740 11 45
Web: www. dci-is.org
An independent organisation set up in 1979 to promote and protect the rights of the child. It is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, UNICEF, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Tel: +1 212 216 1236 / 1 212 290 4700
Fax: +1 212 736 1300
An independent, non-governmental human-rights watchdog and advocacy organization which investigates and exposes human rights violations.
Federation Terre Des Hommes
31 Ch. Frank-Thomas. 1208 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: (41) 22 736-33-72
Fax: (41) 22 736-15-10
ITdH works to protect children living in difficult circumstances
(armed conflict, economic or sexual exploitation, poverty, etc.).
ITdH supports development projects designed to improve the living
conditions of disadvantaged children, their families and their communities.
Committee of the Red Cross
Children Affected by Armed Conflict Program
19 Avenue de la Paix
CH-1202 Geneva Switzerland
Phone: (41 22) 734 60 01
An impartial, neutral and independent organization. Its exclusively
humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims
of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.
122 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10168-1289
Phone: (212) 551-3000
Fax: (212) 551-3179
A humanitarian relief organisation active in working with child soldiers.
To learn more about taking action and IRC's advocacy work contact:
International Rescue Committee
1730 M Street, NW - Suite 505
Washington DC 20036
Tel: (202) 822-0043
Fax: (202) 822-0089
International Save the Children Alliance
Second floor Cambridge House
100 Cambridge Grove
London W6 OLE UK
Phone: + 44 (0) 20 8748 2554&
Fax: + 44(0) 20 82 37 8000
An international NGO that fights for the rights of children around the world.
Borgo S. Spirito 4,
00195 Rome, Italy
Phone: (39) 06 689 773 86
Fax: (39) 06 687 92 83
An inter-national non-governmental organisation with a presence
in some 40 countries around the world and a mission to accompany,
serve and defend the rights of refugees and displaced persons.
6 Ch. de la Tourelle
Phone: (44) 22 798 4183
fax: (41) 22 798 6547
An international, Christian, child care, humanitarian assistance
and development organisation. International Rescue Committee (In
the United States) 1-877-REFUGEE
Felicity O. Yost. Source:
Marie, In the Shadow of the Lion, by Jerry Piasecki. ©
United Nations, 2001