Today, child soldiers are fighting in at least 14 countries around the world. Boys and girls alike are forced into combat, exploited for their labor, and subjected to violence and mistreatment.
Ten years ago, the United Nations adopted a treaty banning the use of children under age 18 in hostilities or their forced recruitment into armed forces or groups. Today, two-thirds of the world’s countries have ratified this treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. However, 49 countries have not ratified the treaty and made clear their absolute commitment to ending the use of child soldiers.
Help us achieve universal ratification of the child soldiers treaty by writing the ambassadors for key countries. Ask that their governments help end the use of child soldiers and act quickly to ratify the treaty.
Please visit our site periodically and take this action again as we will send this action to 10 new countries each month.