France & and children's rights
Hundreds of thousands of children are still enlisted in armed forces and groups around the world today, either
as direct participants in acts of warfare, or indirect accessories through their work as cooks, porters, spies, deminers, or guards in oil or diamond mines. Minors are
often employed in the sex trade.
The recruitment and use of children in armed international and internal conflicts is a violation of their fundamental rights. It leads to physical, emotional, and psychological damage that, in the medium and long term, hinders their development and affects their role in society.