Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Guinea’s Children’s Code (2008) states:
A Child under the age of 15 years of age who is deprived of their liberty for reasons linked to an armed conflict shall benefit from all the protection granted to him by International Humanitarian Law.
- A Child shall receive schooling, including religious and moral education, according to the wishes of his parents or guardians.
In 2009, in its second periodic report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Guinea stated:
471. Guinea has been greatly affected by the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone that have raged since 24 December 1989. Faithfully observing international human rights agreements, the  Convention [on the Rights of the Child] and the  African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, Guinea has generously opened its doors to more than half a million refugees, including more than 305,000 children and young persons under 18 years of age (or 61 per cent of the refugee population), traumatized and hounded by a war that threatens their survival. They have been given shelter throughout the national territory, but especially in Guinée Forestière.
480. The armed conflicts in neighbouring countries and their repercussion[s] in Guinea … have affected children more than anyone else.
488. Social reintegration [of separated children, including former child soldiers,] is accomplished through:
- At the vocational level, placing children in different trades: driving instruction, mechanics, hairdressing, soap-making, etc.
- At the educational level, adaptation of some refugees to the Guinean education system with support for school meals and supplies
490. We witnessed more than 9,000 children and young persons organized into self-defence groups to defend and liberate [their] homeland … On the initiative of the Ministry for Children, a social and vocational training demobilization and reintegration project was … launched in the prefectures of Kissidougou and Guéckédou in Guinée Forestière. This project involved … 350 young persons, who received vocational training in eight key areas: coppersmithing, dressmaking, electrical work, bricklaying, information technology, farming, trade and carpentry.