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Protection from war

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What does this mean?

It’s your right to be protected from war.

If your country is at war, you should be able to go to a safe country and get a safe place to stay.

EXAMPLE: In Ireland, you need to be 18 years old before you can join the army.

Learn more about this right

  • UNCRC article 38, it’s your right to be protected and free from war. Children under 15 can’t be forced to go into the army or take part in war.
  • Under the International Protection Act 2015 in Ireland, it’s your right to be housed in Direct Provision centres if you are a refugee or asylum seeker. You will get food and shelter there until you wait for the decision if you can stay in the country or not.