Children still being abducted? May 22, 2009Posted by ravana in Uncategorized.
I have no way to confirm the veracity of these claims, but the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers has released a statement saying,
“Children (under-18s) are being abducted from refugee camps and from Vavuniya
town in northern Sri Lanka by paramilitary groups who enjoy tacit support from the Sri
Lankan government, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers said today.”
They are calling on the UN Special Envoy to investigate. The full statement is here.
UPDATE: According to today’s Daily Mirror, Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has “rubbished” the above claim. The same source said that UNICEF also has no reports of such activity. This begs the question: how credible is a claim made by an organisation based in London who has limited presence in Sri Lanka? The point of contact in Sri Lanka for such complaints is UNICEF. Is this just based on yet another disapora rumour?