Related Rule
Italy
Practice Relating to Rule 137. Participation of Child Soldiers in Hostilities
In 1996, during a debate in the UN Security Council on the situation in Liberia, Italy described the warlords’ practice of deploying children for combat as “one of the most despicable actions”. It insisted that the international community should use every means available to stop such behaviour immediately, notably the inclusion of a provision in the future ICC Statute aimed at “bring[ing] to justice the perpetrators of such intolerable acts”. 
Italy, Statement before the UN Security Council, UN Doc. S/PV.3694, 30 August 1996, p. 6.