Friday, December 26, 2008

Repeated opposition for LTTE's child recruitment drive

While Pope Benedict has appealed in his Christmas talk to the world to come to an end all forms of child mistreatment including child soldiering - the psychotic leader of the release Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has sent an arrange at the same time hard all students who now sat for the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) test be conscripted for military preparation.
in spite of the Pope's appeal Prabhakaran wants to call up the 8000 girls and boys who sat for the GCE (O'level) exam to beef up his army as a previous option to save his tottering fascist government and the self affirmed political assets , Kilinochchi now bounded and life form overwhelmed by the Sri Lankan armed forces.
The Holy Father celebrating the fourth Christmas since he became the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics said from the historic St. Peter's Basilica, "Let us think of those road children who do not have the approval of a family home, Let us think of those clutch who are victims of the industry of pornography and every other awful form of abuse, and thus are troubled to the lowest point of their soul."
The Pope said Catholics had to "do all in our power to put an end to the pain of these children".
Traumatized indeed, according to UNESCO reports, six thousand youngster soldiers are still enslaved, in the abominable torment camps of Prabhakaran, from where they are prearranged to the battlefield to become the cannon food of the enemy. We do not know precisely how many of them have decayed in his Waterloo which Prabhakaran is at there opposite.
The Government of Sri Lanka regards the staffing and use of children in armed difference as a serious child rights' violation and has time after time asserted its "zero tolerance" place on the do.
The Coalition to stop Child Soldiers said, in their Global Report for 2008, "As of September 2007 the total number of children known to have been recruited by the LTTE since January 2002 was well over six thousand, although the real number was thought to be much higher.
Re-recruitment trends over this period fluctuated, with 30 children in 2002, about 70 in 2003, almost 300 in 2004, about a hundred each year in 2005 and 2006, and about 25 in the first nine months of 2007. By mid-2007 about 1,500 people recruited as children remained in LTTE ranks, of whom over 300 were still below 18. The average age of recruitment increased from 14 to 16 during the period 2002-7. Approximately one third of the children recruited by the LTTE were girls."
The similar group in a dissimilar report said, "The Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) relied a lot on child soldiers throughout Sri Lanka's war, using some as youthful as nine.
The rebels say they no longer recruit under-18s, but many organisations, counting the United Nations' children's agency UNICEF, Amnesty global and the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (now dissolved), say recruitment continues.
"LTTE denials are belied by reliable evidence of abductions of children for armed training. Child recruitment ... is ongoing," said Casey Kelso, international manager of the alliance to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers.
One girl recruited when she was 14 told the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch how the terrorists would sometimes kill those who tried to escape.
"If you get wedged, they take you rear and beat you. Some children expire. If you do it twice, they shoot you. In my wing, if someone runaway the whole group was wrinkled up to watch them get beaten ... If the person dies, they don't tell you, but we know it happens."
Children have been recruited at place of worship festivals, at school and on the way to school. Some have been abducted but others have signed up themselves, from time to time to escape poverty.
A 13-year-old girl told Human Rights Watch: "We learned how to take to pieces (weapons) and put them rear together again. We did target shooting. If we didn't shoot at the correct target, then we were punished ... We had preparation on war tactics: if there is an army camp, how to approach, kill, plan the attack."
During this Christmas it has been emphasized that the Catholic Church's great concern about Child soldiers: "Expressions of the Holy See's continuing concern about the crash of armed disagreement on children included a declaration in the 2006 Christmas Eve Homily of Pope Benedict XVI. With reference to the birth of Christ, the Pope stated that "The child of Bethlehem directs our gaze towards all children who suffer and are abused in the world." Among several examples of such particularly vulnerable children he mentioned "brood who are located as soldiers in a aggressive world".
In August 2007, during a call to northern Uganda, Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, condemned the Lord's confrontation Army for the kidnap and compulsory recruitment of thousands of children into their forces. He also called on the global community to increase its financial support and support for the reintegration of former child soldiers."
The concerns of the Pope too should become the inner power and spirit of the broad Catholic communities in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu to oppose this crime.

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