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June 4, 2022: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Assault


Children are often among those who face the worst of a conflict or an unstable situation in a country. They are vulnerable to physical, mental and emotional abuse. This can leave them scarred and affect their development. This can lead to other social problems when they grow up. The protection of children and their rights is therefore important.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression: History and Meaning

The very first International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Assault was observed on August 19, 1982. At the time, the day focused on the victims of the Lebanon war.

During the Lebanon War in 1982, Israeli forces invaded southern Lebanon after repeated attacks and counterattacks between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The invasion took place after the attempted assassination of the Israeli ambassador.

Although the first-ever International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression focused on the victims of the Lebanon war, its scope was widened to “recognize the pain suffered by children around the world who are victims of physical abuse. , mental and emotional.

This day affirms the commitment of the United Nations to the protection of children and their rights. The United Nations General Assembly decided by resolution ES-7/8 that June 4 would be observed annually.

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