This report was in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s (‘the Committee’) consideration of the initial report submitted by Benin under article 8(1) of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), due in 2007. The report focuses on military schools; legislation criminalising the recruitment and use of children in hostilities; and international standards that the State party has not endorsed.
Some recommendations outlined in the report that the state party should take include:
- Enact legislation to expressly prohibit the recruitment of children by state armed forces and non-state armed groups and their use in hostilities;
- Amend Article 212 of Act No. 2015-08 to criminalise all forms of recruitment of children by state armed forces and non-state armed groups, and their use in hostilities, and ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted;
- Ensure relevant legislation permits national judicial authorities to undertake criminal investigations and prosecutions of individuals suspected of recruiting and/or using children in hostilities regardless of where the crime was committed or the nationality of the accused or victim.
- Endorse and implement the Safe Schools Declaration;
- Endorse and implement the Vancouver Principles on Peacekeeping and the Prevention of the Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers.
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