Committee: Disarmament

Question of: The Use of Child Soldiers

Submitted by: Croatia

Disturbed by the destructive and broad impact of armed conflict on children and the long term consequences it has for solid peace, security and development,

Considering to reinforce further the implementation of rights recognized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child there is a need to expand the protection of children from participation in armed conflict,

Convinced that an optional protocol to the Convention that raises the age of potential recruitment of children into armed forces and their engagement in hostilities will contribute effectively to the implementation of the principle that the bests interests of the child is the priority for states,

Reaffirming that the rights of children demand special protection, and therefore calling for graduate amelioration of the situation of children, as well as for their development and education in conditions of peace and security;

  1. Urges that states that permit voluntary recruitment into their national armed forces under the age of 18 years should employ controllers to ensure, at least as a minimum, that:
    1. such recruitment is solely voluntary,
    2. such recruitment is mediated through an informed consent of the children’s parents or legal guardians,
    3. such children are fully aware of the duties within such military service,
    4. such children issue a reliable proof of age before the acceptance into national military service,
  2. Requests that states should cooperate in the implementation of the current Protocol, as well as in the prevention of any activity contrary to the Protocol and in the re-adaption and social reintegration of children soldiers who are victims of acts contrary to the Protocol, through technical cooperation and financial aid which will be implemented in cooperation with the States concerned and the relevant international organisations;
  3. Calls upon states to take all achievable measures to make sure that members of their armed forces who have not reached the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in conflicts;
  4. Proclaims that the States should make sure that children who have not attained the age of 18 years are not obligatarily recruited into their armed forces.

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