Recruitment of child soldiers: Karuna should be investigated – Bachelet

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 30 2020

Tamil United Freedom Front Leader and former LTTE militant Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman should be investigated for the widespread recruitment of child soldiers, stated the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

While campaigning, Karuna Amman said that while in the LTTE, he had killed 2,000-3,000 Sri Lankan soldiers overnight, implying that this makes him far more dangerous than COVID-19.

Following his statement, the Office led by High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, stated on 25 June via their official Twitter account that Karuna Amman, who is currently being questioned for alleged past crimes, should also be investigated for the recruitment of child soldiers, which is a crime under international law. The Office further stated that the accountability for such a crime should apply equally to all in Sri Lanka. 

(SW)


CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jun 30 2020

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