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close this bookChildren in Armed Conflicts (Item 10 of the Draft Agenda) (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 20 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentI. INTRODUCTION
View the documentII. PROMOTING THE STUDY “CHILD SOLDIERS”
View the documentIII. APPEALS TO ENSURE A BETTER RESPECT OF CHILDREN AND TO FOLLOW UP UNITED NATIONS INITIATIVES
View the documentIV. AGE LIMIT FOR CHILDREN’S PARTICIPATION IN HOSTILITIES
View the documentV. ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD IN FAVOUR OF CHILDREN BY THE ICRC AND THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION
View the documentVI. PLAN OF ACTION 1996-1999
View the documentAnnex I - PLAN OF ACTION FOR THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT
View the documentAnnex II - DRAFT RESOLUTION

IV. AGE LIMIT FOR CHILDREN’S PARTICIPATION IN HOSTILITIES

The ICRC has followed closely and participated as an observer in the first meeting of the Inter-sessional Committee mandated to draft an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (Geneva, 31 October - 11 November 1994). The working group was established under Resolution 1994/91 of the Commission on Human Rights and its work was based on a preliminary draft from the Committee on the Rights of the Child the purpose of which was to set an 18-year age limit for recruitment and participation of children in hostilities. At the beginning of the session, the ICRC delivered a general declaration in which stated that it was in favour of increasing the age-limit of children in hostilities to 18 years. Then, during the rest of the meetings, the main thrust of the ICRC interventions was focused on maintaining harmony between the principles of international humanitarian law and the draft of the Optional Protocol so as to make sure that concepts or terms were not used differently in this new human rights instrument and that humanitarian law would not be weakened.

The working group will hold its second session at the end of this year and the ICRC intends to participate in its work throughout its meetings.