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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Lord Roberts of Llandudno Lord Roberts of Llandudno Spokesperson in the Lords, International Development, Spokesperson in the Lords, Welsh Affairs, Whip

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are their intentions regarding the full ratification of the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding the military deployment of under 18 year-olds.

Photo of Lord Triesman Lord Triesman Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The United Kingdom ratified the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict without reservations on 24 June 2003.

The UK lodged an explanatory declaration on the deployment of under 18 year-olds, which is entirely consistent with our obligations under the optional protocol. The full text can be viewed at www.ohchr.org/english/countries/ratification/11–b.htm/reservations.

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