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Context: Recently, the United States of America has added Pakistan and 14 other countries to a Child Soldier Recruiter List published under its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report.
Who is a child soldier?
In addition, the Optional Protocol to the CRC further prohibits kids under the age 18 from being compulsorily recruited into state or non-state armed forces or directly engaging in hostilities.
Legislation of Child Soldier
About UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
What are prohibited for countries in the list?
The following types of security assistance are prohibited for countries that are in the list:
The countries will also not be eligible for the US Department of Defence’s “train and equip” authority for building the capacity of foreign defense forces.
Key Criticism of the treaty
Therefore, the CRC and its Optional Protocol are limited by the signatories’ willingness to comply. Somalia, for example, is a signatory but it hasn’t ratified the convention.
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