Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger Rebel Group Defends Recruitment of Minors

  • 15 Feb 2007 07:15:46 GMT

    My goodness. It took good 50 years to accept the truth.

    This is gonna be a major -removed- up!!

    Minister accepts HR violations

    The Sri Lankan government says it cannot deny responsibility for alleged human rights violations in the island nation.

    Minister in charge of Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, said the government should accept the responsibility on abductions and killings in the government-held territory.

    `If these happens while curfew in place, we cannot deny our responsibility,` he told BBC Sandeshaya after a fact finding mission in Jaffna.

    The minister was accompanying representatives from the United Nations and international aid agencies to investigate the human rights situation in the peninsular.

    Minister Samarasinghe said he was informed by the National human Rights Commission (HRC) of abductions happening in Jaffna while curfew in place.

    `I am going to work out a new arrangement taking into account what I gathered in Jaffna,` he told bbcsinhala.com.

    International panel

    Meanwhile, an international panel has begun investigate into human rights violations, the government announced.

    The panel is headed by former Indian Chief Justice, PM Bhagwathie, Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told journalists in Colombo.

    Experts from United States, UK, Australia and EU are representing the panel, he added.

    The panel is to probe the murder of the then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, killing of 17 aid workers in Muttur and murder of 11 Muslims in Pottuvil, according to the minister

  • 15 Feb 2007 07:24:50 GMT

    ***Padhmini acca is correct. It was not TMVP, it is the SLA doing it???.

    Colombo, 15 February, (Asiantribune.com): Ms. Joe Becker, Advocacy Director, Children?s Rights Division,of the Human RightsWatch (HRW) and Ms. S. Padhmini. Secretary, Tamileelam Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP), headed by V. Muralitharan (Karuna Amman) have locked horns on the issue of child recruitment.

    Padhmini says that Becker is wrong in accusing TMVP of forcibly recruiting children. And Becker says that Padhmini is wrong in denying it.

    ***Below statement proves who they are????..

    Arguing that the TMVP is neither for war nor for a separate state

  • 15 Feb 2007 07:25:13 GMT

    SO LTTE are trying to cover up and pretended to be the white tigers??? if they stop conscripting children`s then they will loose Vanni very soon!!

  • 15 Feb 2007 07:29:46 GMT

    SLA doing it !!!doing what???wiping out terra! According to UN LTTE have destroy 18000 their own kids for this war!! so who is denying education and basic facilities for tamil kids?????for 30 years?????

    and look how south tamils kids ???are having all the facilities !! so how seem s to block basic rights of north & east kids education??????

  • 15 Feb 2007 08:03:33 GMT

    All the Eelam children are protected by Eelam Government led by Hon. Karuna Amman and his government. Vanni LTTE terrorists organization should be chased from our mother land. Sooner we will bring world most wanted terrorist leader Prabakaran into Justice. Then Eelam Tamils can live peacefully with full benefit. Eelam Prime Minister Hon. Plliyan already passed the child protection law under article 16.3. Under this law, no one can use eelam children for combat.

  • 15 Feb 2007 08:53:47 GMT

    [In a statement on its Peace Secretariat Web site, the LTTE said it`s not covered by international protocols barring ``armed groups`` from recruiting minors because it represents a ``de facto state`` in northern and eastern areas of the island under its control.]

    Thats the truth, whether UN likes it or not... and who cares about GOSL! Protecting the `state` has the highest priority...and its the intension of our leader!

    This is a very brave step by VP!

  • 15 Feb 2007 08:55:56 GMT

    Indeed, aa very brave step by VP

    VP`s minors are studying in Europe.

    PERA

  • 15 Feb 2007 09:00:35 GMT

    [The rebel group, which has been fighting for a separate homeland for two decades, rejected United Nations demands that it raise its minimum recruitment age from 17 to 18]

    This is understandable. If UN had included the LTTE - they would have been obliged to take note.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 15 Feb 2007 09:36:53 GMT

    The UK sends 17 year olds to the frontline in Iraq.

    Why hasn`t the UN objected to this?

  • 15 Feb 2007 09:37:53 GMT

    [ If UN had included the LTTE - they would have been obliged to take note. ]

    yea if UN included Osama terrors then they would have also not used terror tactics.

    Gaja Think Tank At Work