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Children are increasingly involved in military activities. They are abducted or recruited into a State's armed forces or into rebel groups. They are participating in hostilities. Reports suggest that there are more than 300 000 child soldiers in the world today. International law contains more and more provisions dealing with the issue, the most recent one being the 2000 Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflicts. The scope of the Child Soldiers Protocol is commented upon in this contribution. The authentic English and French versions of the Protocol are consulted.

Keywords: Children; Convention; International law; Optional Protocol



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