Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Section E. Rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers
In 2009, in its third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Canada stated under the heading “Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict”:
Between 2000 and 2005, Canada invested $171 million in new programming related to children’s rights and protection in support of the Canadian International Development Agency’s Action Plan on Child Protection. As of 2007, the Government of Canada had supported over 120 projects addressing a range of issues related to children and armed conflict, including basic education, demobilization and reintegration of former child soldiers.