United Nations A/hrc/19/68



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K. Child Soldiers11

92. The Commission found evidence suggesting that the Qadhafi government recruited and used children under the age of 18 in its armed forces, in breach of Libya’s obligations under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The Commission interviewed four minors detained by thuwar as a result of their participation in the fighting. They are held together with adults in contravention to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Commission also received concerning reports of children involved in fighting alongside thuwar, or in providing logistical support at frontlines, but determines that further investigation is needed.





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