(Child Soldiers International) – The passing of legislation to criminalise underage recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces constitutes a significant step in protecting the rights of Afghan children, Child Soldiers International said today. Last week, the Afghan Lower House of Parliament approved the draft law which criminalises the recruitment and use of children in state security forces. The Draft Law prohibiting child recruitment into national security institutions was passed by the Wolesi Jirga, the Lower House of the Afghan Parliament, following an endorsement by the Afghanistan government earlier this year of a 15-point road map to implement an Action Plan signed with the UN in 2011.