Participation in hostilities
CRC Article = 38(2)
Children participate in international armed conflicts and non-international armed conflicts directly by engaging in combat or indirectly by seeking and sending military information and transporting food, arms and munitions. States Parties are required to take all feasible measures to ensure that persons who have not attained the age of 15 years do not take a direct part in hostilities. In addition, States Parties are required to refrain from recruiting any person who has not attained the age of 15 years into their armed forces. In recruiting among those persons who have attained the age of 15 years but who have not attained the age of 18 years, States Parties are required to endeavour to give priority to those who are oldest. The minimum ages established in States Parties for the purposes of voluntary enlistment and recruitment into the armed forces are of relevance to these provisions.
Children in armed conflicts Recruitment