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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Ceasefire Agreement – Child Soldiers – LTTE and

[b]Ceasefire Agreement – Child Soldiers – LTTE and International Law[/b]

Daya Gamage – A Review to Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 25 February ( [/b]On July 26, 2005, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 1612, the sixth in a series of resolutions pertaining to children and armed conflict. Resolution 1612 establishes the first comprehensive monitoring and reporting system to enforce compliance among those groups, such as Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers (LTTE), using children in situations of armed conflict.

In any law school anywhere in the world, one of the first lessons given to students of law is that when a person is brought before a court of law for a felony or a misdemeanor, the accused has no defense when he says that he was unaware that a particular law that prohibited the offense existed when he committed the offense and therefore he be excused.

When the political head of Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers S. Paramu Tamilselvan, addressing the Geneva Session between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE on 22 February to side track the allegation of underage recruitment by the Tiger outfit, the LTTE delegation was in fact expressed ignorance that there were international agreements ratified by the United Nations on the issue of child recruitment.

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