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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Prabhakaran a war criminal -- Amnesty International

[b]Prabhakaran a war criminal -- Amnesty International[/b]

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Hard on the heels of the American Ambassador, Jeffrey Lunstead, pressuring the LTTE publicly to either choose peace or to continue with its "repugnant policies of the past decade and a half" Amnesty International (AI) has cited chapter and verse in its latest report to highlight the war crimes committed by Velupillai Prabhakaran . AI has stated categorically that Prabhakaran has committed two war crimes: 1) forcibly recruiting children into his army and (2) abducting adults and torturing them.

Accusing the LTTE of failing to live up to its commitments to end recruitment and release children in meaningful numbers AI states: "The use of children under 15 years old in armed conflict is prohibited by Article 38(3) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Sri Lanka is a state party. The practice is also classified as a war crime by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.(4) The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict ...."

AI has also documented the cases of the adults abducted and held for prolonged periods .Some of "those abducted are subjected to torture and ill-treatment which, in addition to being a breach of Common Article 3, also constitutes a war crime under the Rome Statute(6). Abductions are prohibited under Article 1.2 of the CFA ," states AI.

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