Age Assessment Guidelines to Prevent and Respond to Child Recruitment in the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) [EN/Dari]


In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate


Stressing the commitment of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the Paris Commitments and Principles on Children associated with armed forces and groups and noting the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, including Security Council Resolutions 1261 (1999), 1539 (2004), 1612 (2005), 1882 (2009) and 1998 (2011) which condemn the recruitment and use of children, rape and other sexual violence against children, killing and maiming of children and attacks on schools and hospitals and relevant personnel in contravention with international law in situations of armed conflict and mindful of the commitment to fully implement the Action Plan between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United Nations (2011) regarding Children Associated with National Security Forces in Afghanistan.

Hereby, the Afghan National Security Forces issues the present guidelines to further prevent and address underage recruitment in its offices and units, in line with laws and policies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, particularly the Constitution (2004) article 49, the Military Crimes code (2008), the Civil Servant Law (2005) the Military Officers personal Status Law and the Non-Commissioned Officers Personal Status Law (2012), the Presidential Decree (2006) and relevant decrees and orders from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence and the National Directorate of Security prohibiting underage recruitment including Ministry of Interior Orders 08 (2010), 050 (2011), 520 (2012), and National Directorate of Security order 0555 (2013).