Practice Relating to Rule 135. Children
Section A. Special protection
Chad’s Instructor’s Manual (2006) states: “Children … deserve special respect. … They are entitled to receive from the parties to the conflict the care and aid they need because of their age and for any other reason.”
In 2009, during the consideration of Chad’s initial report to the Committee against Torture, a statement of the delegation of Chad was summarized by the Committee in its records as follows:
In the area of protection of children, the Government of Chad had set up several programmes in cooperation with international organizations such as UNICEF. These programmes included … a draft global policy to promote all-round development of children, which was aimed at particularly vulnerable children such as … child soldiers.
In 2011, in the Action Plan on Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups in Chad, signed by the Government of Chad and the United Nations Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism Task Force on Grave Violations against Children in Situations of Armed Conflict, the Government of Chad stated:
2.1 The Government of Chad specifically undertakes to fully and effectively implement the following provisions:
f) Implement a concrete strategy to prevent … abuse of children by members of the armed forces.