|Children in Armed Conflicts (Item 10 of the Draft Agenda) (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1995, 20 p.)|
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.