'No child soldiers!'
Presbyterian Red Hand Campaign
UNICEF estimates that as many as 300,000 children under age 18 are engaged in armed conflicts in various places around the world. This all takes place despite international laws which prohibit the use of children as soldiers. As followers of Jesus who welcomed children, Presbyterians have joined people around the world in an effort to change this situation: the Red Hand Campaign. The message of the Red Hand Campaign is clear. Red hand prints proclaim the message to the world—children should NOT be used as soldiers! Over 300,000 red hands have already been delivered to world leaders. The Red Hand Campaign calls for universal ratification and enforcement of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. The goal is for every country in the world to ratify the optional protocol by 2012, the tenth anniversary of treaty.
Follow Presbyterian efforts to end the use of child soldiers. Like the Presbyterians Say No Child Soldiers Facebook page. Learn more about Presbyterian efforts to address human trafficking. Send an email to world leaders asking their countries to ratify the Optional Protocol (made possible by Human Rights Watch).
Thanks for your question, Charles. Although only the U.S. and Somalia have not yet ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we have signed the Optional Protocol Against the Use of Children in Armed Conflict. The PC(USA) has consistently called for the ratification of the Convention by the U.S.
Has the United States signed the optinal protocol?