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Failure to Meet Pledges on Accountability, Counterterrorism Reforms

(Geneva) – The Sri Lankan government has failed to fulfill its pledge to abolish the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. For decades, the PTA has been used to arbitrarily detain…
Sri Lankan police stand guard at a protest calling for the release of Tamil activists being held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 14, 2015.
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Draft Law Falls Far Short of Colombo’s Pledges to United Nations

(New York) – Sri Lanka’s latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Cabinet approved the…
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At Human Rights Watch, one thing we’ve learned is that justice can sometimes take a long time. Nearly five years ago, I was contacted by a Dutch prosecutor. He was bringing a case against five people who had been raising…
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Deputy Minister Among Senior Leaders Linked to Wartime Atrocities

(New York) – The Sri Lankan government should act on the call by a government deputy minister to investigate war crimes by examining his own role in serious abuses. In early March 2013, Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, known as Col. Karuna,…
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Beheading May Be Imminent for Rizana Nafeek, Age 17 at Alleged Killing

UPDATE: On January 9, 2013, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan domestic worker convicted of killing a baby in her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old. Human Rights Watch strongly condemns the execution…
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10 years after UN treaty against child soldiers, much work needed to end practice.

When Aruna was a young teenager in Sri Lanka, members of the rebel Tamil Tigers repeatedly came to her home, telling her parents that it was their duty to give a child “for the cause.” During the war, the Tamil Tigers routinely recruited children as young…
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Known Child Recruiters Promoted to Key Government, Military Posts

(New York) - The United Nations Security Council should impose sanctions on governments and armed groups for using child soldiers, sexual violence against children, and attacks on schools, and should promote effective prosecution of the commanders…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…
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Afghanistan, Chad, DRC, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Uganda May be Affected

(New York) – Under legislation adopted by the US Congress on December 10, 2008, governments involved in the use of children as soldiers may no longer be eligible for US military assistance, Human Rights Watch said today. The legislation, passed…
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On August 29, Sri Lanka appointed a committee to investigate allegations of child recruitment by the Karuna group, a Tamil armed group allegedly linked to the government. In our January 2007 report, Human Rights Watch exposed patterns of abductions and…
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Sri Lankan Under 18 at Time of Alleged Killing

(New York) - The Saudi Court of Appeals should recognize that a foreign worker on death row was a child at the time of her alleged crime, when a baby died in her care, Human Rights Watch said today. The court should also review the fairness of the…
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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…
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"I'm scared," says Krishna as we sit in his modest home in a London suburb. I did not expect to hear that from a man who fought for the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka for more than 10 years, and participated in some of the fiercest battles of that…
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Funding the "Final War" LTTE Intimidation and Extortion in the Tamil Diaspora I. Summary and Recommendations Methodology Recommendations II. Background War in Sri Lanka The Tamil Diaspora and Support for the LTTE.. III. A Culture of Fear…
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Selvamani, a Tamil girl living in eastern Sri Lanka was only 15 when rebel forces began pressuring her to join them. "First they sent letters, then they began visiting my house," she said. "They told my family, `Each house has to turn over one child. If…
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LIVING IN FEAR Child Soldiers and the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka GLOSSARY.. I. SUMMARY.. LTTE Recruitment and Use of Children Before the Cease-fire LTTE Commitments and the Action Plan for Children Affected by War Legal Standards Note on Methodology II…
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(New York) - Governments and armed groups using child soldiers are under new scrutiny by the U.N. Security Council and must take immediate action to end child recruitment, Human Rights Watch said today. Following a full-day debate on children and armed…