Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Section A. Special protection
El Salvador’s Soldiers’ Manual provides that it is prohibited to “attack and maltreat … children”. The manual further states: “Any act of violence against … children … is a criminal, cowardly and dishonourable act, punishable by serious disciplinary sanctions.”
El Salvador’s Human Rights Charter of the Armed Forces provides that children must be respected and protected.
El Salvador’s Penal Code (1997), as amended to 2008, which contains a section on the violations of the laws or customs of war, states in the general section: “Criminal law will be equally applicable to all persons who at the moment of the act were over the age of eighteen. Persons under this age will be subjected to a special regime.”