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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Recruiters of Child Soldiers Targeted for Prosecution

[b]Recruiters of Child Soldiers Targeted for Prosecution[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations 31 March, (IPS):[/b] The United Nations and international human rights organisations have long campaigned against recruiters of child soldiers, urging their prosecution as "war criminals".

But the first break came only last week when the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague decided to arrest Thomas Lubanga, a founder and leader of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), on charges of conscripting children in the current insurgency against the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A second breakthrough came Wednesday with the arrest of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who will be prosecuted by a U.N.-sponsored tribunal on Sierra Leone, on charges of committing war crimes, including the recruitment of child soldiers. The tribunal has reportedly asked the ICC to host the trial in the Netherlands.

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