Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka Research Paper by lithium

Child Soldiers in Sri Lanka
This paper looks at the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam's forcible recruitment of underage soldiers in its battle against the Sri Lankan Government.
# 119235 | 6,705 words | 34 sources | APA | 2009 | CA

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In this article, the writer explores how the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been recruiting and using underage soldiers in their battle against the Sri Lankan government, violating obligations under international law. Further, the writer examines how the issue of child recruitment in Sri Lanka can be rectified by international and domestic laws by studying various cases of child recruitment that have taken place in other countries. To examine and analyze the issues of the LTTE's forcible recruitment of underage soldiers to the fullest extent, this paper first explores the historical and social background of the LTTE's battle against the Sri Lankan government. The writer also examines how applicable domestic and international laws make the LTTE's recruitment of child soldiers illegal. By analyzing how the issue of child recruitment has been alleviated in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, this paper proposes potential solutions to the LTTE's recruitment and use of underage soldiers.

From the Paper:

"The LTTE has long been known for recruiting children to take up arms in its 22-year independence struggle against the Sri Lankan government. In the wake of the tsunami, which devastated Tamil majority areas in northern and eastern Sri Lanka, new reports of abductions and missing children have reaffirmed concerns of international human rights organizations of the LTTE's continued recruitment of underage soldiers. Despite the LTTE's pledge in April 2004 that it would release the children in its troops, its child recruitment was reported to have increased in June 2004. In April 2004, the LTTE officially released 269 child soldiers and expressed its willingness to provide formal release letters for over 1,300 other children who went home. Since the start of April 2004, however, UNICEF received 159 reports of children being recruited by the LTTE, mostly in the North of Sri Lanka. The LTTE, according to Amnesty International, has also been re-recruiting child soldiers by force. In May 2004, it was reported that four children who had left the LTTE were taken away from their homes in the middle of the night."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jo Boyden, Jo de Berry, Thomas Feeny & Jason Hart, Children Affected by Armed Conflict in South Asia: A Review of Trends and Issues Identified through Secondary Research, 7 Oxford U. Refugee Stud. Centre Working Paper Series 23 (2002)
  • BBC News, Tamil Tigers 'drafting children', BBC News South Asia (Jan. 13, 2005), available at
  • U.S. Department of State, 2008 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka (Feb. 25, 2009), available at
  • Chris Smith, The Eelam Endgame?, 83 Int'l Affairs 69, 70 (2007)
  • BBC News, Country Profile: Sri Lanka, BBC News South Asia (Mar. 18,2009), available at

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