09.18.2015 The International Congress on protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens «Shield» in Ukraine, Odessa organized the march titled «Protecting children from violence and war». Expressing solidarity and compassion to all children who are killed, and the war has made them homeless orphans and the disabled, has selected the childhood of millions of children. No one will survive the impact of conflicts and disputes, which now occur almost daily.
Children often become hostages of the situation. They were illegally deprived of liberty, rape, maiming, sell children into slavery, deliberately destroying the family. On this basis, the International Congress on protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens «Shield» has organized a unique march with the official representatives of different nationalities and the indigenous inhabitants of Odessa. To draw attention of the international community on this issue were presented pictures of children who are affected by military operations in different countries. Children who took part in the humanitarian action sent a message on behalf of all children of our planet, the international community with the appeal «No to War -peace of children». Among the participants of the march was attended by representatives of the city administration, the humanitarian and human rights organizations, representatives of religious communities, the participants are fighting and the representatives of National Minorities and the people in Ukraine, scientists, professors, poets, Media, students and other citizens of Ukraine. Everyone has the opportunity to protest against war and violence in the world. We can not allow the continuation of war and deprivation of children a happy childhood. International Congress on protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens «Shield» recalls the need for the protection of children in wartime, a principle enshrined in international humanitarian law and its implementation is required of all States and non-governmental armed groups. In accordance with international humanitarian law, children are protected as civilians in various situations. In the first case, the child should be protected from all forms of abuse, irrespective of the situation in which he found himself. In the second case, civilians and children who do not participate in the armed conflict should not be exposed to violence. The Geneva Convention of 1949 and the Additional Protocols thereto of 1977, adopted a number of regulations that give children special protection. The 25th article of the Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols specifically dedicated to child protection. The laws of human rights also includes special provisions to protect children from the effects of armed conflict. This also applies to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict. Parties to the conflict bilaterally should respect international humanitarian law and the rights of the child should also avoid fighting among the civilian population. The war can occur without violating the fundamental rights of the civilian population. It is necessary to bring to justice those who do not respect the rules of international humanitarian law and is not aware of the consequences of violating the law. Humanitarian agencies must be given free access to the civilian population, especially children for humanitarian assistance.