Practice Relating to Rule 136. Recruitment of Child Soldiers
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book III, Volume 2 (Instruction of second-year trainee officers):
By “child”, one generally means any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. However, in the law of armed conflicts, different provisions apply to children of less than 15 years and to those between 15 and 18 years.
Additional Protocol I specifies that children have the right to the care and aid they require because of their age. Children who have not attained the age of 15 years must not be recruited into the armed forces, nor directly participate in hostilities.