UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, in his report to the Security Council, lambasted the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) over child abuse, which includes, recruiting children as soldiers, abducting, maiming, or killing them, subjecting them to rape and other intimacyual violence, the Asian Tribune reported.
The Tigers were named as one of 54 offending parties involved in the forced recruitment of under age children.
So far, the international community, Human Rights organizations, Media, and numerous governments have warned LTTE time and time again against the forceful recruitment of children and for child abuse by the Tamil rebel outfit, the report said.
The UN yesterday confirmed that Annan had, while blasting the LTTE, also recommended that the Security Council take strict measures in cases of widespread and unacceptable patterns of violation by imposing travel restrictions on leaders, excluding them from future governance structures or amnesties, arms embargoes and military assistance bans and restrictions on the flow of financial resources.
Globally, the Secretary-General noted improvement in protecting children from war recruitment and the estimated number of child soldiers has declined in the past 18 months to 300,000 from 380,000.
The United Nations Security Council yesterday received an action plan for the systematic monitoring and reporting of child abuse in situations of armed conflict (CAAC), or in `situations of concern,` with a view to triggering a strong international crackdown on offenders.
The UN report states `An international compliance regime would list all offending parties, whether from the government or rebel side, in all situations of concern, whether or not those situations are on the agenda of the Security Council.`
The major violations would be recruiting children as soldiers, abducting, maiming, or killing them, subjecting them to rape and other intimacyual violence and attacking schools and hospitals.
The Asian tribune report also said:
Annan?s report revealed that the situation for children had notably improved in Afghanistan, Angola, the Balkans, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste, it says.
However the report on the other hand, named 54 offending parties and says situations of concern remain in Burundi, Colombia, C`D9te d?Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
The report recommended, `For widespread and unacceptable patterns of violation, the Security Council should take such measures as imposing travel restrictions on leaders, excluding them from future governance structures or amnesties, arms embargoes and military assistance bans and restrictions on the flow of financial resources.`EE
Other `destinations for action` would be the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, regional organizations and, as the first line of response, the national governments within whose borders the children are endangered, the report says.