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Declaration under article 3 (2) made upon ratification (Original: English):

“[…] 1. That pursuant to Article 3 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in Armed Conflict, the minimum age for voluntary recruitment into its national armed forces is 18.

2. That recruitment is voluntary and such persons must provide reliable proof of age.

3. That they are fully informed, prior to recruitment, of the duties involved in such military service.

4. That the Republic of The Gambia has established safeguards to ensure that such recruitment is not forced or coerced, including a requirement in Section 59 of the Children’s Act, 2005, which stipulates that ‘a child shall not be recruited into any of the branches of the Armed Forces of The Gambia or other Security Agencies and that the Government or any other relevant agency or body shall ensure that no child is directly involved in any military operations or hostilities’.”