India: Shadow Report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

This report was prepared in advance of the Committee on the Rights of the Child examination in October 2013 of India’s initial report under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC).

This report summarises Child Soldiers International’s concerns about India’s implementation of some of its obligations under OPAC, including in relation to: (1) the absence of effective procedures to verify age of recruits to the armed forces, police forces and other paramilitary forces; (2) the absence of legislation explicitly criminalising unlawful recruitment and/or use of children by state armed forces, paramilitaries, and village defence militias, as well as non-state armed groups; (3) the continued recruitment and use of children in a variety of roles by armed opposition groups, and the risk of their participation in hostilities; (4) the absence of adequate programs to support the release, recovery and reintegration of children recruited into, or otherwise associated with, state armed forces, paramilitaries, village defence militias or armed opposition groups; (5) the administrative detention of children suspected of association with armed opposition groups, under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Jammu & Kashmir Public Safety Act (PSA) and other emergency legislation.

The report puts forward specific recommendations for action by the government of India.

Download this report here.