Human Rights Law
The Right To Family Life In Armed Conflicts Situations
Article by Olaitan O. Olusegun
Armed conflicts signify anarchy, chaos and confusion with various effects on all parts of the society, including the family. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Article 16(3) recognises the family as the fundamental unit of the society. Families are disrupted in periods of war and conflict, which affects the social, economic and emotional support provided to individuals going through difficult times. This paper discusses war and conflict, the extent of damage done to the family and the implications for nations. The legal framework which seeks to protect the family and steps which should be taken in preserving the family in war and conflict are also discussed. It concludes by recommending measures that should be adopted to preserve families during conflicts such as re-establishment of family links upon the cessation of conflicts, family reunification, marriage counselling and provision of basic needs of families. This way, the value of families will be preserved and sustained in society.