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Protection from war

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What does this mean?

It’s your right to be protected if a war happens in your country.

If this happens, you have the right to go to a safe country and they should give you a safe place to stay.

EXAMPLE: In Ireland, you need to be 18 years old to 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.
  • In Ireland, you are not allowed enter the army until you are 18 years old.
  • Ireland is a neutral country, this means we don’t take sides if there are wars.
  • If you’re a child that has to leave a country because of war, you are sometimes called a refugee. You should be given a safe place to live and you shouldn’t need to go back to your own country if it isn’t safe.