Afghanistan passes legislation criminalizing recruitment of child soldiers

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On 12 May 2014, the UN launched a new booklet highlighting the obligations of all parties to armed conflict in the country to respect and promote the rights of children under international law. Photo: Fardin Waezi / UNAMA.

The passing of legislation which criminalizes the recruitment of children into the security forces in Afghanistan, has been praised by the UN Mission in the country, UNAMA.

A recently released UN report on children and armed conflict revealed that in 2013, nearly 100 boys, some as young as eight years old, were recruited into the national armed forces.

The new legislation sets 18 as the official recruitment age for Afghans.

It now needs to be passed by the parliament's Upper House.

Setyo Budi has this report.

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