The endorsement of the draft law by Afghan lawmakers comes as numerous national and international organizations have previously criticized the Afghan government for the recruitment of child soldiers.
The draft law was sent to the Afghan parliament by the ministry of justice of Afghanistan around two weeks ago.
Consisting seven articles, the law was endorsed by majority during the general session on Saturday and after the review of parliamentary commissions.
The law strictly prohibits the recruitment of children in security istitutions. Any individual violating the law would face one to seven years of imprisonment.
The Afghan Government reconfirmed its commitment with the endorsement of a ‘Road Map Towards Compliance,’ earlier in August this yeare which detailed 15 measures to fully implement an Action Plan signed with the United Nations in 2011.
The road map was supported by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in their roles as co-chairs of the UN-led Country Task Force on Children and Armed Conflict.
This comes as the Afghan National Police (ANP) has been listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict since 2010, with an additional reference to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) since 2012, according to UN mission in Afghanistan – UNAMA.
Afghanistan is one of seven countries whose national security forces are listed by the Secretary-General for recruitment and use of children.