OPPORTUNIST AGBOR BALLA HAS BEEN QUICK TO CONDEMN AMBAZONIAN RECRUITMENT OF CHILD SOLDIER
Founder of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA)Bar. Agbor Balla Nkongho has condemned the recruitment of a child soldier by the Ambazonia Self Defense groups
Today Thursday the 10th of January, 2019, Barrister Agbor Balla who is one of the initiators of the Anglophone struggle and founder of Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA), took to his facebook page to condemn the recruitment of Child soldier by one of the Ambazonia self defense groups….
This is what Barrister Agbor Balla Nkongho said,,,,,
I just watched a video purported to be from the child of “General” Ivo. If that’s really true, then it is very unfortunate.
Many Children are recruited and used as soldiers in armed conflicts all over the world. Some of these children are abducted and beaten into submission, others join armed groups to escape poverty, to defend their communities, out of a feeling of revenge amongst others.
Rule 136 of Customary International Humanitarian Law ( IHL) clearly states that “children must not be recruited into armed forces or armed groups”. It goes further in Rule 137 to state that “ Children must not be allowed to take part in hostilities”
State practice establishes this rules as a norm of Customary International Law applicable in both international and non international armed conflicts.
Additional Protocols I and II prohibit the recruitment of children and the participation of children into hostilities.
These prohibitions are also provided in article 38 (2) and (3) on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 22(2) on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and Convention on the worst Forms of Child Labour.
The Rome Statute of the ICC in its Article 8 (2) (b) (XXVI) and (e) (VII) expressly provides “Conscription or enlisting” children into armed forces or groups constitutes a war crime in both international and non international armed conflict.
It equally states that using children to “participate actively in hostilities” constitutes a war crime in both international and non international armed conflicts.