Friday, January 23, 2009

At last UN worries about Tamil children held by Tamil Tigers

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

(January 22, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian) Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, has said in a press release that she is worried about children who are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and child combatants used by the LTTE.

Though late (press release was issued yesterday -- January 21, 2009), the Special Representative appealed to the LTTE to immediately release its child fighters. Tamil Tigers have been reported to the Security Council three times before for forcibly recruiting child soldiers. But they disregarded the rap on their knuckles with UN feathers. Full Text