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Tamil children being abducted

May 21, 2009

BBC – Tamil children ‘being abducted

A number of children in camps for people displaced by Sri Lanka’s Tamil conflict have been abducted, international human rights groups say.

The groups say they have verified reports of disappearances in the Vavuniya area and are calling for the United Nations to investigate.

Suspected former Tamil Tiger child soldiers are said to have been removed by paramilitaries for questioning.

A Sri Lankan military spokesman denied the groups’ allegations.

A spokeswoman for the groups, Charu Lata Hogg, said the motives for the abductions were unclear but some children were being questioned about alleged links to the Tamil Tiger rebels, or LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).

AP – Rights group: Paramilitaries take Sri Lanka youth


The Telegraph – Children ‘being kidnapped from Sri Lanka refugee camps’

 

Times Online – Paramilitaries ‘abducting Tamil children from Sri Lanka camps’


AFP – Children abducted from S.Lanka camps: rights group

 

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Children under 18 years are being abducted from refugee camps and from Vavuniya town in northern Sri Lanka by paramilitary groups who enjoy the tacit support of the Sri Lankan government, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers said Wednesday.

 

The Coalition welcomed the initiative by the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on children and armed conflict to send a special envoy to Sri Lanka to investigate these and other abuses against children.

 

The Sri Lankan government is reported to have agreed in principle to such a visit.

 

“The last phase of fighting in Sri Lanka has had a catastrophic impact on children. The special envoy’s visit needs to take place without delay,” said Victoria Forbes Adam, director of the Coalition. 

 

The Coalition has received verified reports of abductions of under-18s from inside and outside internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Vavuniya as well as about the recruitment and re-recruitment of children by paramilitary groups in the districts of Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

 

Some children appear to have been abducted for alleged links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), while others are kidnapped for ransom, it said.

 

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