Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
Mozambique’s Law on Military Service (2009) states:
1. All Mozambican citizens between 18 to 35 years of age are under a duty of military service and [to fulfil the] military obligations arising therefrom.
2. In time of war the ages for the fulfilment of military obligations may be altered by law.
At the 27th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in 1999, Mozambique pledged “to promote the adoption of national and international standards prohibiting the military recruitment … in armed conflicts of persons under 18 years of age” and “to ensure non-conscription of teenagers under 18 years old to join the army”.