Friday, February 15, 2008

Sri Lanka: LTTE Must Halt Recruitment of Child Soldiers

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, LTTE, have long been known for recruiting children to take up arms in their 22-year independence struggle against the Government of Sri Lanka. With a truce in early 2002, many hoped the illegal conscription of minors as child combatants would cease. In the wake of the tsunami, which devastated Tamil majority areas in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, new reports of abductions and missing children have reaffirmed concerns of international human rights organizations of continued recruitment. (Learn more about the tsunami's effects on Sri Lanka on our Tsunami Crisis Page.)


It is evident that no matter what International community says, the Tamil Tigers will not cease their forcible recruitment and deployment of child combatants even on suicide missions. The UN, taken for a ride over a long period of time with stalling tactics by the terrorist organization, is finally starting to show some signs of impatience. These signs of life by the world body largely influenced by interest groups that allegedly benefit from the LTTE's activites, could well end in mere lip service rather than realistic and decisive action that affects the terrorist outfit.

How you can help:
If you love children and consider a moment of your time to call your senator or parliamentary representative to save a child's life a worthy cause, then speak up against inaction by the world bodies against child conscription by the Tamil Tigers and other terrorist organizations. It is your voice that the terrorists fear most of all. The voice of the people of democracies that galvanize powerful nations into meaningful action.


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