Sri Lanka's Continued Ethnic Cleansing ...
- after Tamil Armed Resistance Ends on 17 May 2009
- the Record Speaks...
Children are being abducted by Sri Lanka Para Military
- Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, AFP, 20 May 2009
LONDON (AFP) — Children are being abducted, with tacit
government approval, from camps housing those displaced by Sri
Lanka's ethnic conflict, human rights groups charged Thursday.
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers said it had
received verified reports of child abductions from camps in the
main resettlement area of Vavuniya, often by paramilitary Tamil
Children as young as 12 have been among those taken, the
coalition said, suggesting that the paramilitaries -- who allied
with the military in the fight against the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) -- are being used to identify and weed out
former Tiger child soldiers.
The paramilitary groups have been allowed "unhindered" access to
the camps which are tightly guarded by government troops, it
The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers is an umbrella
group of global organisations which includes Amnesty
International and Human Rights Watch.
"The motive is slightly unclear," said Charu Lata Hogg, a
spokeswoman for the groups.
"Some are being taken away for ransom, they've been kidnapped
for ransom, and there've been certain negotiated releases where
mothers had some jewellery and they could negotiate a release
right within the camp," Hogg told the BBC.
"In other cases the children have been taken away for
questioning for their alleged links to the LTTE, so they are
suspected of being former child soldiers with the LTTE," she
The military declared its final victory over the LTTE on Monday,
ending a decades-old conflict that has claimed up to 100,000