Sri-Lanka: Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka
(Colombo-Lankapuvath) “Child recruitment has come to an end in Sri Lanka. This is owing both to the defeat and disbanding of LTTE, responsible for most of the child recruitment cases reported in Sri Lanka, and the commitments of the Government of Sri Lanka and TMVP to release children recruited previously by TMVP”, states the latest UN annual report on children and armed conflict during 2011.
Accordingly, Sri Lanka has been removed from the ‘list of shame’, stated U.N. special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy speaking on the omission. Mrs Coomaraswamy stated that the removal came after Sri Lanka’s successful completion of Security Council-mandated action plans to end the recruitment and use of children. The Secretary-General issued his annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council which gives an overview of the situation of girls and boys in conflict zones and measures taken for their protection. The report includes a list of parties who recruit and use children, kill and maim, commit sexual violence or attack schools and hospitals; the so-called “list of shame.”
“2011 shows a mixed picture. While new crises erupted with a heavy toll on children such as in Syria, and also in Libya, violations against girls and boys have come to an end in other parts of the world,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy said.