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Declaration made upon accession (Translation) (Original: French)

With reference to article 3 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Government of the Republic of the Niger declares that the minimum age at which it permits voluntary recruitment into the Niger armed forces and national gendarmerie is 18 years, in accordance with Act No. 62-10 of 16 March 1962 on the organization of recruitment in the Republic of the Niger.

The Government of the Republic of the Niger further indicates below the safeguards it has put in place to ensure that recruitment is never forced or coerced:

(a) The recruitment procedure for the Niger armed forces and national gendarmerie is initiated through a newspaper and national media advertisement for young men and women;
(b) The recruitment file includes, as the case may be, a birth certificate and a certificate of school attendance and/or apprenticeship;
(c) Induction for the young recruits takes place in public, at a sports field or similar setting;
(d) All recruits undergo a thorough medical examination.
13.03.2012