January 24, 2007

Complicit in Crime

State Collusion in Abductions and Child Recruitment by the Karuna Group

Map of Sri Lanka
Map of Karuna Group Abductions and Camps
I. Summary
Methodology
II. Recommendations
To the Karuna Group (TMVP and its military wing)
To the Government of Sri Lanka..
To the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
To All Donor Governments
To the United Nations Security Council
To All United Nations Member States
III. Background
Abuses Since the 2002 Ceasefire..
Karuna's Break from the LTTE
Escalation of Fighting Since mid-2006
IV. Abductions and Forced Recruitment by the Karuna Group
Abductions in 2006
Patterns of Karuna Group Abductions
Family Contact
Releases and Escapes
Numbers
Inaction by Police..
V. Government Complicity and Official Denials
Forces in the East
Denunciation by the UN..
Karuna's Response..
Abductions Persist
VI. Accounts of Karuna Group: Abductions and Forced Recruitment
Case 1 - Boy and Young Man in Batticaloa District, May
Case 2 - Eight Boys and Young Men in Batticaloa District, June..
Case 3 - Thirteen Boys and Young Men in Batticaloa District, June..
Case 4 -Two Cousins in Batticaloa District, June..
Case 5 - Fourteen Boys and Young Men in Batticaloa District, September
Case 6 - Two Boys in Batticaloa District, September
Case 7 - Boy in Trincomalee Town, September
Case 8 - Twelve Boys and Young Men in Ampara District, October
Case 9 - Two Boys and a Young Man in Batticaloa District, October
VII. LTTE Recruitment of Children
VIII. UN Security Council Action on Child Recruitment
IX. Legal Standards
International Prohibition of Child Soldier Recruitment
Child Recruitment as a War Crime..
Abduction and Forced Recruitment
Sri Lanka's Anti-Terrorism Laws
Acknowledgements
Appendix I. Letter to President Rajapakse
Appendix II. Letter to TMVP
Appendix III. Letter to LTTE
Appendix IV. Letter from Tamilselvan..
Appendix V. Regulations for the Military Division of TMVP..