4 June: International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression was observed across the world on 4 June 2017. Originally focused on victims of the 1982 Lebanon War, the day provides an opportunity to the world to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse.
The day also affirms the commitment of the United Nations (UN) to protect the rights of children.
The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression, which is annually observed on 4 June as a United Nations observance day, was established on 19 August 1982.
Children, who are the most vulnerable members, are the most affected members of the society and affected the most one by the consequences of war. The six most common violations are recruitment and use of children in war, killing, sexual violence, abduction, attacks on schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access.
On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).
Apart from this, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides with the universal master plan to secure better future for children.
When: 4 June 2017