Child Soldiers: a tool to sustain power in the Afghan war - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency:
According to many different international organizations, the use of children (who classify as individuals less than 18 years of age or less than 15 years of age depending on the law) for war and conflict is illegal. Under the International Labour Law, the use of children under age 18 in armed conflict is the worst form of child labor. Under International Criminal Law, the use of children in armed forces is a war crime. Under this, sexual slavery is also a war crime and a crime against humanity. Under International Human Rights Law, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC), the minimum age to participate in hostilities and compulsory armed conflict is age 18 (Child Soldiers International, 2015).