Appendix IV. Letter from Tamilselvan
Mr. Brad Adams
Asia Division Director
Human Rights Watch
350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10118-3299
Dear Mr. Brad Adams
Thank you for your letter of 28 November 2006 on the subject of underage recruitment by armed forces in the island of Sri Lanka. I am glad to have this opportunity to inform you the steps we have taken to ensure that underage youths do not join our movement.
Recently we announced a new Child Protection Law which will come into effect before 1 January 2007. We are facing delays in translating the new law into English. However, the Child Protection Authority will forward the new law in Tamil to you soon.
We have strengthened the Child Protection Authority (CPA) to monitor the implementation of this law. The Terms of Reference of the CPA is attached.
Please read the attached December report by the CPA for further details on the measures that are taken to eliminate underage recruitment and the status of this project.
I would also like to inform you that we have undertaken several measures to ensure the protection of children in the current deteriorating conditions and we have sought assistance form international agencies working here with focus on childrens rights for their assistance.
In conclusion I would like to extend our invitation to you to visit the Tamil homeland in order to study the human rights and child rights situation. I also look forward to holding direct discussions with you about the human rights and child rights situation in the Tamil homeland.
Thank you for your continuing interest in the human rights situation in the Tamil homeland.
S P Tamilselvan
Head of Political Division