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Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Update On Child Soldiers
« on: November 08, 2013, 12:57:15 PM »
Sri Lanka: Update On Child Soldiers
Origin   Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Cable time   Thu, 11 Feb 2010 09:52 UTC
Classification   CONFIDENTIAL
Source   http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10COLOMBO109.html

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000109
 
SIPDIS
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/11/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: UPDATE ON CHILD SOLDIERS
 
COLOMBO 00000109  001.2 OF 002
 
 
Classified By: CHARGE D'AFFAIRES VALERIE C. FOWLER.  REASONS: 1.4 (B, D
)
 
¶1. (C) SUMMARY: According to UNICEF, new cases of child
recruitment in 2009 numbered 17 by the TMVP and 402 by the
LTTE.  All of these children were released.  There were now
five outstanding cases of TMVP children recruited before 2009
who were under 18, and 54 outstanding cases who had turned 18
since being recruited.  There were 33 outstanding cases of
LTTE child recruits under 18, and 1347 outstanding cases who
had turned 18.  Because UNICEF's mandate covered only those
under 18, there was no authority to continue investigations
of children once they turn 18.  The systematic dropping of
investigations of children when they turn 18 leaves families
and children without recourse, and gives perpetrators a free
pass.  The GSL had demonstrated a commitment to stopping
recruitment and rehabilitating children involved in conflict
but had not taken any visible steps toward accountability.
One or two commanders were reportedly detained for child
recruitment but not prosecuted.  END SUMMARY.
 
RECRUITMENT CONTINUED IN EARLY 2009
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¶2. (C) There were 17 cases of new child recruitment by the
Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) reported to UNICEF in
¶2009.  All of these children have now been released and their
TMVP involvement confirmed.  (NOTE: The TMVP began when
Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan ("Karuna") broke from the LTTE
in 2004 to create a pro-government paramilitary group. The
group has since evolved into a legally registered political
party, but it maintains an armed wing. END NOTE).  Most of
the children were recruited for military use in January and
February of 2009 when the war was ongoing. The children
underwent military training and presumably were involved in
military operations.  The last known new recruitment case was
in June.  Embassy contacts indicated that the Karuna faction
of the TMVP was responsible for recruitment, mostly under the
direction of Commander Iniya Barrathi.  (NOTE: Karuna left
the TMVP for the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in
February 2009 and became Minister of National Integration but
he still exerts influence on a considerable component of the
TMVP. END NOTE.).  Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan
("Pillayan"), Chief Minister of the Eastern Province and head
of the TMVP political party, was regarded as genuinely
concerned about cleaning up his image and stopping all
underage recruitment.
 
¶3. (SBU) According to UNICEF, there were 402 confirmed cases
of LTTE child recruitment between January and the war's end
in May 2009.  The child recruits were identified during the
post-war process of separating children from adult detainees,
verified by UNICEF, and sent for rehabilitation by court
order.  Post contacts suggest that the actual number of
children recruited by the LTTE in 2009 was likely much higher
as many children remained missing.
 
¶4. (SBU) There were anecdotal reports of two to three cases
of recruitment by the pro-government People's Liberation of
Tamil Eelam (PLOTE).  The families were reportedly too
intimidated to file official complaints so no formal
investigations were made.  There was one anecdotal case of
recruitment by the pro-government Eelam People's Democratic
Party (EPDP).
 
REPORTS, INVESTIGATIONS, AND PRESSURE BRING RELEASES
--------------------------------------------- -------
 
¶5. (SBU) The most recent UNICEF statistics indicated five
outstanding TVMP cases and 33 outstanding LTTE cases of
children who were reported recruited before 2009, were still
 
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under age 18 and remained unaccounted for.  The TMVP cases
were reportedly recruited in 2008.
 
¶6. (C) According to Embassy contacts, when a family believed
a child had been recruited, it could file a report with
UNICEF and the GSL Child Welfare Unit.  A Task Force made up
of UNICEF, TMVP, and GSL representatives (including the
police and Government Agent) would be responsible for the
case under a tripartite Action Plan signed on December 4,
¶2008.  Task Force representatives would visit the family for
additional information and verification.  The police were
responsible for making full investigation to locate a
suspected child soldier, and pressure on the TMVP had secured
releases.  While Task Force TMVP representatives were
affiliated with Pillayan, the Task Force was credited with
successfully pushing for the release of recent Karuna TMVP
recruits.  A strong stance against child recruitment by
Secretary of Justice J. K. Gamlath and Mahinda Samarasinghe,
Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights, was also
credited with contributing to releases.  Children were
generally released informally.  The children would reappear,
and the TMVP would refer to them as "runaways" from the TMVP.
 
GAP IN SYSTEM LEAVES OLDER RECRUITS IN LIMBO
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¶7. (C) UNICEF's mandate extends only to children under age
¶18.  Therefore, once a recruited child turned 18, UNICEF did
not have the authority to push for an investigation.  In
other contexts, responsibility for these cases could shift to
ICRC, but ICRC's limited operations in Sri Lanka at this time
do not allow for this.  Therefore, people who were recruited
as children and who remained missing once they turned 18 had
no one designated as responsible or empowered to find them.
As one contact noted, in the United States we do not give up
on children who were kidnapped just because they turn 18.
The most recent UNICEF statistics showed 54 unresolved cases
of children recruited by the TMVP who had turned 18, and 1347
cases of children recruited by the LTTE who had turned 18.
 
ZERO TOLERANCE BUT ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY
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¶8. (C) While trusted sources in the UN and NGO communities
generally commended the GSL for adopting a "zero tolerance"
policy on child recruitment, accountability of those who
engaged in the practice was a glaring gap in GSL commitment.
Interlocutors did not know of a single case of prosecution of
anyone who recruited children.  One or two commanders were
reportedly detained for child recruitment but not prosecuted.
 Accountability was seen as an important component of
achieving justice for child victims, as well as deterring
future recruitment.
 
COMMENT
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¶9. (C) While the GSL appears committed to stopping new
recruitment of children and supporting their rehabilitation,
this does not absolve the government of its responsibility to
provide them accountability.  Additionally, the systematic
dropping of investigations of children when they turn 18
leaves families and children without recourse and
perpetrators with a free pass.  Outstanding cases of those
over 18 far exceed those under 18 (53 TMVP recruits over 18,
5 under 18; 1347 LTTE recruits over 18, 33 under 18).  As
time passes, more children will turn 18 and move beyond
UNICEF's reach and the Task Force's influence. This group
should not be forgotten in moves to resolve child recruitment
issues in Sri Lanka.
FOWLER

Source/Full cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10COLOMBO109.html

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Re: Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Update On Child Soldiers
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 14:06:28 PM »
This cable too contains important information on the exploitation of children as child soldiers in Sri Lanka:

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 000097
 
SIPDIS
 
STATE FOR SCA/INSB AND DRL/ILCSR FOR SARAH MORGAN
STATE FOR G/TIP FOR LUIS CDEBACA
DOL/ILAB FOR LEYLA STROTKAMP, RACHEL RIGBY, TINA MCCARTER
 
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EIND ELAB ETRD PHUM SOCI CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: INFORMATION ON FORCED LABOR AND EXPLOITATIVE
CHILD LABOR IN THE PRODUCTION OF GOODS FOR MANDATORY CONGRESSIONAL
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
 
REF: (a) STATE 131995
 (b) 09 Colombo 63
 
1) Tasking 1/TVPRA
The use of forced child labor/exploitative child labor in the
production of goods: Post has contacted host government officials,
private industry representatives and the International Labor
Organization, and all agree that there is no forced child labor or
exploitive labor in the formal industry, such as the production of
garments.  Post provides more detail on other issues in its response
to Tasking 2.
 
2) Tasking 2/TDA
 
2A) PREVALENCE AND SECTORAL DISTRIBUTION OF EXPLOITATIVE CHILD
LABOR
There are no recent national statistics on child labor or
exploitative child labor in Sri Lanka.  The last national survey on
child labor was conducted in 1999.  Findings from a U.S. Department
of Labor-funded child activity survey carried out by the Department
of Census and Statistics in 2008/2009 are not yet available.
 
According to anecdotal evidence, children, mostly between 14-17
years old, may be engaged in domestic service, street vending,
agriculture, construction, mining, factory work, small scale
manufacturing, small restaurants, shops, and in prostitution.
Exploitative child labor situations may exist within these sectors.
Post is currently preparing a Trafficking in Persons report which
will provide more information on this area.
 
2B) LAWS AND REGULATIONS
There were no new laws or regulations covering child labor that were
enacted in 2009.
 
The minimum age for employment is 14 years.  The minimum age for
employment at sea is 15 years.  The law limits the work hours of
children age 14 and 15 years to 9 hours per day and the work hours
of children 16 and 17 years to 10 hours per day.  There are
regulations governing employment at night of children between 14-17
years.  The government has prepared, but not published, regulations
governing hazardous child labor aimed at improving the legal
structure and protecting children.  The law prohibits forced labor,
debt bondage, and all forms of slavery by persons of any age.
However, a majority of Sri Lankans work in the informal sector,
which is why the survey on actual working conditions will be so
important.
 
Sri Lanka has ratified ILO Convention 182 on Worst Forms of Child
Labor.  The Penal Code contains provisions prohibiting several
hazardous forms of child labor, including child pornography,
prostitution and trafficking.  It seeks to prevent sexual abuse of
children via the internet as well as the soliciting of children for
sexual abuse.  A 2006 amendment to the Penal Code prohibits the use
or recruitment of children (below 18 years) in armed conflict.  A
jail term of up to 20 years and a fine is prescribed for these
offenses covered by the Penal Code.  If the victim is under 18
years, the jail term may be increased to 30 years.
 
In August 2006, the Parliament passed an amendment to the Employment
of Women, Young Persons and Children Act of 1956, enabling the
Minister of Labor Relations and Manpower to publish regulations that
prohibit the employment of persons below the age of 18 years in
other hazardous occupations.  The Government of Sri Lanka compiled a
list of 49 occupations in Sri Lanka that are considered to be
hazardous forms of child labor.  Forty occupations are unconditional
and are to be completely prohibited for children aged 14-18 years,
while the remaining nine occupations will be conditionally
prohibited upon the publication of the relevant regulation.  In
2009, the government drafted necessary regulation to prohibit
hazardous forms of child labor.  The government has not yet
presented the draft to parliament for approval.
 
2C) INSTITUTIONS AND MECHANISMS FOR ENFORCEMENT- FORCED CHILD LABOR
AND HAZARDOUS CHILD LABOR
 
2C SECTION I- HAZARDOUS CHILD LABOR:
 
¶1.   Agencies responsible:  The Department of Labor and the National
Child Protection Authority (NCPA) have the legal authority to
enforce hazardous child labor laws.
¶2.   Exchange of information:  The Department of Labor works closely
with the Police Unit at the NCPA and the Women and Children's Bureau
of the Sri Lanka Police.
¶3.   Mechanism for making complaints on hazardous child labor:  Two
hotlines.  Complaints can be made via hotlines of the Women and
Children's Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police and the Ministry of Child
Development and Women's Empowerment.
¶4.   Funding:  Not available.
¶5.   Number of inspectors:  The Labor Department's labor
inspectorate consists of 314 officers tasked with enforcing child
labor laws in addition to other labor laws.   The labor inspectorate
is currently short-staffed.  There are plans to increase the staff
of labor inspectors.
¶6.   Number of inspections:  The Labor Department received 140
complaints of child labor of children below 14 years.
¶7.   Number of children removed from:  Not available.
¶8.   Cases opened: 9 cases on the violation of child labor laws
(employing children below 14 years)
¶9.   Cases closed: Not available.
¶10.  Convictions: Not available.
¶11.  Length of time to resolve a child labor case: About 2 years
¶12.  Penalties: Not available.
¶13.  Commitment to combat exploitative child labor:  During 2009,
the Ministry of Labor and Manpower convened a tripartite technical
working group on exploitative child labor.  The working group was
charged with finalizing regulations to prohibit exploitative child
labor.  The group has finalized regulations.  The regulations,
however, require parliamentary approval.  This may be delayed as
parliament may be dissolved and parliamentary elections held by
April 2010.
¶14.  Government Training for investigators or others responsible for
enforcement:  In 2009, the Ministry of Labor and Manpower trained
240 labor officers, police officers and probation officers on
investigation and prosecution of all forms of child labor
violations.  The Ministry also conducted approximately 160 training
programs on the prevention of child labor for social partners,
school children and parents.  The Department of Labor also conducted
a sticker campaign (10,000 stickers) and distributed 10,000 leaflets
to create awareness.
 
2C SECTION II- FORCED CHILD LABOR:
¶1.  Agencies responsible:  National Child Protection Authority
(NCPA), an independent agency under the Ministry of Child
Development and Women's Empowerment and the Women and Children's
Bureau of the Department of Police.
¶2.  Exchange of information: NCPA's police division works closely
with the Women and Children's Bureau of the Department of Police.
¶3.  Mechanism for making complaints regarding forced child labor:
Complaints can be made via hotlines of the Women's and Children's
Affairs Bureau of the Sri Lanka Police and the hotline of the
Ministry of Child Development.
4 through 12.  Not available.
¶13. Commitment to combat forced child labor:  Forced child labor is
not prevalent in Sri Lanka.
¶14. Training: Covered by other training programs.
 
2D INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS FOR EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT-CHILD
TRAFFICKING, COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, USE OF CHILDREN IN
ILLICIT ACTIVITIES
 
2D SECTION 1: CHILD TRAFFICKING
Note:  Post's consular section is preparing a Trafficking in Persons
report that will provide additional information on this issue.
 
¶1. Agencies to enforce child trafficking:  National Child Protection
Authority (NCPA), an independent agency under the Ministry of Child
Development and Women's Empowerment and the Women and Children's
Bureau of the Department of Police.
¶2. Funding for investigating child trafficking/CSEC and illegal
activities:  NCPA budget for 2008: Rs 48.5 million ($429,000 USD)
and 2009: Rs 40.3 million ($356,000).
¶3. Child trafficking hotline:  There are two hotlines for reporting
all kinds of abuse against children, at the Women and Children's
Bureau of Sri Lanka Police and the Ministry of Child Development and
Women's Empowerment.
¶4. Investigations: 38 (reported to Children's and Women's Bureau of
Sri Lanka Police from January to November 2009) and
10 investigations by the NCPA (there may be duplications between
these two groups).
¶5. Number rescued: 11 children (NCPA)
¶6. Number of arrests: 20 people (NCPA)
¶7. Cases closed or resolved: Not available.  NCPA filed ten cases in
¶2009.
¶8. through 12.  Not available.
 
2D SECTION 2: COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN (CSEC)
¶1.  Agencies to enforce CSEC: National Child Protection Authority
(NCPA), an independent agency under the Ministry of Child
Development and Women's Empowerment and the Women and Children's
Bureau of the Department of Police.
¶2.  Funding for investigating CSEC: Please see 2D Section 1 above.
¶3.  CSEC hotline:  There are two hotlines for reporting all kinds of
abuse against children, at the Children's and Women's Bureau of Sri
Lanka Police and the Ministry of Child Development and Women's
Empowerment.
¶4. thru 12.  Not available.
 
2D SECTION 3: USE OF CHILDREN IN ILLICIT ACTIVITIES
¶1.  Agencies to enforce children in illicit activities:  National
Child Protection Authority (NCPA), an independent agency under the
Ministry of Child Development and Women's Empowerment and the Women
and Children's Bureau of the Department of Police.
¶2.  Funding for investigating illicit activities: Please see 2D
Section 1 above.
¶3.  Child illicit activities hotline:  There are two hotlines for
reporting all kinds of abuse against children, at the Women and
Children's Bureau of Sri Lanka Police and the Ministry of Child
Development and Women's Empowerment.
¶4. through 12. Not available.
 
2D-13. Armed Conflict:  From 1983 to May 2009 Sri Lanka experienced
an armed conflict which involved the use of child soldiers by armed
rebel groups.  Forced conscription by the separatist Liberation
Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, a U.S. - designated foreign terrorist
organization) and by TMVP, a former LTTE faction, was the gravest
problem facing children in Sri Lanka.  In December 2008, the
Government of Sri Lanka, the TMVP and the United Nations in Sri
Lanka signed a tri-partite Action Plan to stop all new recruitment
and to release and rehabilitate current and former child soldiers.
The armed conflict ended in May 2009.  The government has taken
steps to rehabilitate children associated with these groups under
Emergency Regulation 1580/5 of December 15, 2008 under Section 2A of
the Public Security Ordinance. (Please see section 2F below for
further details)
 
2E) GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON CHILD LABOR
The Government of Sri Lanka continues to demonstrate a strong
commitment to combating child labor and strives to eliminate child
labor through education.  Government policies do not support
exploitative child labor.  Currently the government does not have a
specific program to combat exploitative child labor.
 
Government commitment towards eliminating child labor is shown in
various government policy documents.  "Mahinda Chintana- A vision
for New Sri Lanka: ten year national development plan (2006-2016)",
a key economic policy document of the government, contains
government policies on combating child labor and exploitative child
labor.  The policies aim to encourage parents to keep children in
school instead of sending them to work, provide social protection to
prevent children from ending up in exploitative labor, and take
steps to ensure that plantation children go to school.
Traditionally, plantation children have been a primary source of
child domestic workers.  President Rajapaksa was re-elected in
January 2010, and his election manifesto also refers to child
protection.  It pledges to extend compulsory education age from 14
years to 16 years and to take steps to curb school dropouts.  In
addition, the manifesto pledges to have a police bureau attached to
the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) with adequate powers,
independence and authority to deal with child abuse.  (Note: there
is a Police Bureau already attached to the NCPA.)
 
The government's current education policy contained in "The
Education Sector Development Policy (ESDP) 2006-2010" does not
explicitly refer to elimination of child labor.  However, child
labor is discouraged through a key component of the project which
strives to promote school attendance and informal education.
According to the World Bank, a main donor to the ESDP, the
attendance rate for grades 1-9 increased from less than 80% prior to
2006 to more than 90% by 2009.  Under the ESDP, about 43,000 out of
school children (aged 6-14 years) have been brought into the
education system between 2006-2007.  The government provides free
education up to university level and free school uniforms and
subsidized transport to school children.  In addition, the
government also offers free breakfasts to over 500,000 school
children from low income families.  With UNICEF assistance, Sri
Lanka has established over 1,100 child-friendly schools to encourage
enrollment and retention.  Despite these education achievements, Sri
Lanka still faces challenges in providing equitable access to
education for children, mainly in rural and formerly conflict areas.
 Quality of education in these areas is also a problem.
 
The Ministry of Finance and Planning has prepared a National Action
Plan for Children (2010-2014) to replace the National Action Plan
for Children (2004-2008) although it is yet to be published.
According to officials at the National Planning Department, the new
plan includes action plans to eliminate child labor and exploitative
child labor.
 
The government's National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is the
lead agency charged with formulating policies and protecting
children from all forms of abuse including trafficking and CSEC.
The government is implementing a National Plan of Action on
Trafficking in Children under the purview of the NCPA.  Post is
currently preparing a report on Trafficking in Persons which will
provide additional information.
 
During 2009, the Ministry of Labor and Manpower convened a
tripartite technical working group on exploitative child labor.  The
working group was charged with finalizing regulations to prohibit
exploitative child labor.  The Ministry of Labor and Manpower also
participated in an ILO-sponsored initiative which seeks to
mainstream child labor into other development policies and
planning.
 
Since the conclusion of the ILO-IPEC project in Sri Lanka, the
government focus on combating exploitative child labor has
diminished somewhat due to fiscal constraints.
 
Sri Lanka has ratified or signed the following international or
regional conventions to combat trafficking:
--The SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in
Women and Children for Prostitution (ratified in 2002);
--The UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in
Persons, especially Children and Women (signed in 2000, not
ratified); and
--Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on
children, child prostitution, and child pornography (ratified in
2006).
 
2F) SOCIAL PROGRAMS TO ELIMINATE EXPLOITATIVE CHILD LABOR
The Ministry of Education is continuing its efforts to improve
education for the children of plantation workers who are especially
vulnerable to exploitative child labor.  The Ministry of Education
has recruited over 3,000 teachers for estate schools in 2007.  The
Ministry of Education is taking steps to hold additional classes for
school children in secondary classes (year 10) in the plantation
areas.  Plantation companies which manage large government-owned
plantations in Sri Lanka have also invested in social programs to
encourage schooling and prevent children entering the labor force.
As a result, some plantation children have entered university.
According to one company, most children now study at least up to
Ordinary Level Certificate (11 years of schooling).  The ILO is
collaborating with district level government officials and central
government ministries in a Youth Employment Project in the
plantation province of Sabaragamuwa.  The project aims to strengthen
the employment prospects of plantation youth over 14 years.
 
Social programs under the NCPA also exist for children orphaned by
the tsunami.  The NCPA has established a district-wide network
consisting of NCPA, child rights promotion officers and probation
officers to monitor the progress of orphan children.
 
A separate government led program exists for rehabilitation and
re-integration of ex-child combatants of the TMVP and now-defeated
LTTE.  These children, numbering about 556 as of November 2009, are
provided residential educational and vocational training facilities
in two centers in Colombo and Vavuniya (Northern Province).  Of the
556 ex-child combatants, 180 students sat for the O-level
examination (after completing 11 years of schooling) in December
¶2009.  They were provided with catch-up education classes to enable
them to sit the examination.  The government is taking action to
re-unify these children with their families by allowing family
visits at the two facilities.  UNICEF maintains a database of
children reported by their families as missing and recruited.  There
are five possible cases of child soldiers who were reported by their
families as recruited by the TMVP. Since the children have not yet
been located, their association with the TMVP cannot be confirmed or
denied.  Post is currently investigating this matter in detail for
the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report.  There are also 33
outstanding cases of LTTE recruits.  Following the conclusion of the
war, these children are not presumed to be currently engaged in
conflict - rather, they are unaccounted for despite UNICEF's and
local authorities' investigations.
 
FOWLER

Full cable/Source: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2010/02/10COLOMBO97.html

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Re: Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Update On Child Soldiers
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 14:16:52 PM »
Sri Lanka: Resolution Of Child Soldiers Issue In Sight
Origin Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Cable time Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:19 UTC
Classification CONFIDENTIAL
Source   http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/07/09COLOMBO728.html

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 COLOMBO 000728
 
SIPDIS
 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB
USAID/DCHA
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/25/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL PREF PHUM PTER EAID MOPS CE
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: RESOLUTION OF CHILD SOLDIERS ISSUE IN SIGHT
 
REF: COLOMBO 000229
 
Classified By: A/DCM REBBECA W. COHN. REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)
 
¶1. (SBU) Summary. A/DCM, Poloff, and USAID met withUNICEF
Representative and Protection Officer on July 17 to discuss
GSL progress on facilitating release and rehabilitation of
TMVP and LTTE child soldiers. UNICEF shared their data on
under-age recruitment and noted progress on a number of
fronts. The Government of Sri Lanka acting through the
Commissioner General for Rehabilitation has developed a new
rehabilitation center for 454 former LTTE child soldiers in
Vavuniya with UNICEF financial and technical support. UNICEF
collaborated on an information campaign with the GSL that has
had an important impact and changed perceptions of the need
to rehabilitate child soldiers. Memoranda of Understanding
and a tripartite agreement with the GSL in UNICEF,s view
demonstrate GSL commitment to resolving the child soldier
issue. Importantly, TMVP underage recruiters in Batticaloa
have been arrested by the police. Challenges remain, but the
focus has turned from underage recruitment to providing
rehabilitation and tracing outstanding cases: 63 LTTE and 24
TMVP. UNICEF assesses that the GSL is fully committed to
the goal of eliminating child soldiers and that a complete
resolution of this problem could be possible by the end of
the year. UNICEF observed that support from the United
States has been a crucial factor in achieving this progress.
End Summary.
 
GSL Fully Engaged
------------------------------
 
¶2. (SBU) A/DCM, Poloff and USAID met with UNICEF on July 17
to discuss GSL progress on child soldiers. Phillippe
Duamelle, UNICEF's Representative in Sri Lanka, reported that
the GSL is fully engaged on child soldiers. UNICEF staff said
that while the Security Council would be unlikely to delist
the TVMP, considerable progress has been achieved and it was
reasonable to expect a complete end to the child soldier
problem in Sri Lanka by the end of the year. UNICEF credits
the US's active engagement on this, as well as the
championing of this issue by key Sri Lankans, with bringing
about the GSL's change of perspective and forward movement on
this issue.
 
¶3. (SBU) UNICEF gave particular credit to Justice Secretary
and Commissioner of Rehabilitation, Suhada Gamalath.
Gamalath has conducted a vigorous public awareness campaign
and worked to transmit the GSL's zero tolerance message down
to the operational level. At least one former TMVP recruiter
has been arrested, a charge that has a 30 year jail term.
Other recruiters have been warned of the need to surrender
the 24 outstanding TMVP underage children or face police
arrest. Importantly, both Minister of Reconciliation Karuna,
and Eastern Province Chief Minister Pillaiyan agree that the
4 to 5 remaining TMVP recruiters should be dealt with by the
police authorities.
 
¶4. (SBU) UNICEF noted that Gamalath has ensured that the
GSL's actions have been in accordance with obligations under
Security Council Resolution 1612 which covers the period from
15 September 2007 to 31 January 2009. In particular, UNICEF
observed that the GSL's December Emergency Decree took the
correct tone of rehabilitation over criminalization of former
child soldiers and stressed the importance of this stance.
Prior to entering the rehabilitation camps, the children must
be interviewed by a magistrate who has seen the proposed
relocation site. The magistrate also must produce a document
that authorizes a three month stay, which can be renewed for
a further three times, leading to a maximum rehabilitation
 
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time of one year.
 
Making Progress in the North
--------------------------------------------
 
¶5. (SBU) UNICEF staff said they have what they consider to
be an accurate and comprehensive database on child soldiers
in the north. None of the 454 child soldiers (299 males and
155 females) they have recently identified was previously in
their database. They said there was a large spike in LTTE
recruitment in February and March. They have been unable to
account for 63 children who were in UNICEF,s database and
are now presumed dead. UNICEF is attempting to correlate the
1356 children in their database who were recruited as
children but are now over 18 with the 10,000 plus former
combatants that ICRC has registered. Government restrictions
on access to this information has made this more difficult.
 
¶6. (SBU) UNICEF reported that former child soldiers have been
extremely impressed with their reception in the
rehabilitation camps and that this has been an important
confidence building measure to reassure them that they will
be rehabilitated rather than criminalized. UNICEF staff
pointed out that while rehabilitation might seem
inappropriate given the short length of the time some of them
served as child soldiers, the camps offer additional
protection for the children. There are currently two
rehabilitation camps, a large one in Vavuniya with 454 former
LTTE children and a smaller one in Ambepussa for 130 former
LTTE as well as former TMVP underage combatants. NOTE: USAID
has an ongoing $250,000 grant with UNICEF to support the
Ambepussa rehabilitation center.
 
Wrapping Up in the East
--------------------------------------
 
¶7. (SBU) UNICEF said that there had been a great deal of
progress in the East with TMVP underage combatants and that
more should be made in the coming weeks. According to their
numbers, there are approximately 24 open TMVP cases. The GSL
has informed UNICEF that the leadership of the TMVP groups
have agreed that four or five currently known recruiters
should be arrested and the police are working to do so as
soon as possible.
 
¶8. (SBU) COMMENT: UNICEF had a positive view of both the
GSL's intentions and actions on addressing child soldiers.
Post shares UNICEF's positive assessment of the role that
Secretary Gamalath has played as an engaging and responsive
partner on this issue. Post assesses that the end of the
year is a realistic target for resolving the child soldier
issue and will continue to work with the GSL toward that
goal.
MOORE

Source/Full cable: http://wikileaks.org/cable/2009/07/09COLOMBO728.html

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2010, Feb 25Usint Havana's Answer To Tip Report Questions This Telegram Is Sensitive But Unclassified, Please Handle Accordingly.US Interests Section Havana (Cuba)
2010, Feb 18Uruguay 2010 Trafficking In Persons ReportEmbassy Montevideo (Uruguay)
2010, Feb 11Sri Lanka: Update On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2010, Feb 8Sri Lanka: Information On Forced Labor And Exploitative Child Labor In The Production Of Goods For Mandatory Congressional Reporting RequirementsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2010, Feb 8Sri Lanka: Information On Forced Labor And Exploitative Child Labor In The Production Of Goods For Mandatory Congressional Reporting RequirementsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2010, Jan 28Media Reaction: U.s., Afghanistan, Yemen, Honduras, Sri Lanka, Iran, Germany-u.s.;berlinEmbassy Berlin (Germany)
2010, Jan 22Sri Lanka: Assessing Progress On Key IssuesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2010, Jan 9Preparing The Tenth Annual Trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Dec 22Defense Secretary Defends Sri Lankan Policies With A/s BlakeEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Dec 8Wave Of Terrorist Attacks ContinuesEmbassy Islamabad (Pakistan)
2009, Dec 3Usaid Support For Reconstruction Of Eastern Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Nov 24Implementation Of The Child Soldiers Prevention ActSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Nov 23Senate Foreign Relations Committee (sfrc) Fact Finding Mission To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Nov 17Third Committee On Social Develpoment, Advancement Of Women, And Rights Of ChildrenUSUN New York (United Nations)
2009, Oct 22Sri Lanka: Report To Congress On Recent Conflict Handed To Sri Lankan AmbassadorSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Oct 15Daily Summary Of Japanese Press 10/15/09Embassy Tokyo (Japan)
2009, Oct 14Burma, Burundi, Colombia And Uganda Address Sc Working Group On Children And Armed ConflictUSUN New York (United Nations)
2009, Oct 9Sri Lanka Makes Good Progress On Child Soldier IssueEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Oct 5Report Number Three On Interagency Policy Committee (ipc) Benchmarks For Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Sep 25Sca Assistant Secretary Blake's September 24, 2009 Meeting With Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya RajapaksaSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Sep 22Nepal: Unmin Head Shares Doubts About Peace ProcessEmbassy Kathmandu (Nepal)
2009, Aug 31Report Number Two On Interagency Policy Committee (ipc)benchmarks For Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Aug 31Ambassador Williamson Meets With Gon And Ngos On Sri LankaEmbassy Oslo (Norway)
2009, Jul 31Report Number One On Interagency Policy Committee (ipc) Benchmarks For Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Jul 23Sri Lanka: Resolution Of Child Soldiers Issue In SightEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Jul 17Io A/s Brimmer Reviews Un Agenda With France Including Unesco, Human Right Council, And PeacekeepingEmbassy Paris (France)
2009, Jul 15Sri Lanka: S/wci Amb. Williamson's Geneva MeetingsMission Geneva (United Nations)
2009, Jun 30Haiti Response To Un Efforts To Combat Sexual Exploitation And Abuse In Peacekeeping MissionsEmbassy Port Au Prince (Haiti)
2009, Jun 26Guidance: Protection Of Civilians Debate, June 26Secretary of State (United States)
2009, Jun 11Sri Lanka -- 2009 Tip Report: Press Guidance And DemarcheSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Jun 4Guidance For 6/5 Unsc Briefing On Sri LankaSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Jun 1Sri Lanka: Need For Rapid Progress In Resolving Humanitarian CrisisEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, May 27Sri Lanka: Ban Ki-moon Briefs Co-chair Ambassadors On VisitEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, May 26Sri Lanka: In Farewell, Ambassador Presses Hard On Humanitarian Access And Political SolutionEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, May 20Northern Sri Lanka Sitrep 77Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, May 19Pakistan Media Reaction: May 19, 2009Embassy Islamabad (Pakistan)
2009, May 17Northern Sri Lanka Sitrep 74Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Apr 22Guidance For Un Security Council Debate On Children And Armed ConflictSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Apr 8Northern Sri Lanka Sitrep 49Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Mar 30Sri Lanka: Assessment Of Displaced Persons CampsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Mar 19Northern Sri Lanka Sitrep 35Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Karuna Joins The Slfp And Becomes A Government MinisterEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Feb 27Sri Lanka: President Launches Anti-child Soldier CampaignEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Feb 18Drc: Response To Questions For The Ninth Annual Trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportEmbassy Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
2009, Jan 26Sri Lanka: Tmvp Releases 15 Child Soldiers; Promises To Free 25 MoreEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Jan 20Sri Lanka: Worst Forms Of Child Labor Update -january 2009Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Jan 14Guidance: Protection Of Civilians, Remarks For January 14 Open DebateSecretary of State (United States)
2009, Jan 9Co-chair Ambassadors Re-affirm Importance Of A Political Solution; Akashi And Menon Plan Separate Visits To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2009, Jan 9Discussion With President Rajapaksa On Media Freedom, The Military And Humanitarian Situation In The North, And Elements Of A Political SolutionEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Dec 31Staffdel Ahuja Briefed On Humanitarian Situation In The North And Progress On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Dec 19Preparing The Ninth Annual Trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportSecretary of State (United States)
2008, Dec 9Sri Lanka Passes 2009 BudgetEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Dec 3Sri Lanka: Tmvp, Gsl, And Unicef Sign Mou On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Nov 28Sri Lanka: Dasd Clad Told Eastern Problems Likely To Be Replicated In A "liberated" NorthEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Nov 26Internally Displaced Persons In Mannar Living In Detention ConditionsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Nov 26Sri Lanka: Ambassador Reviews Problems In Eastern Sri Lanka And Human Rights With Foreign MinisterEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Nov 18Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For The Visit Of Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Defense CladEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Nov 4Basil Rajapaksa Discusses India Trip, Paramilitaries In The EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Oct 27President Rajapaksa And Ambassador Discuss Political Solution, Slower Military Progress And Likelihood Of Reduced Indian PressureEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Sep 2Un Chief Reports Humanitarian Situation In North Worse Than Expected But Still ManageableEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Aug 8Sri Lanka: Boucher Presses Defense Secretary On Humanitarian Access And Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 25Scenesetter For A/s Boucher's Visit For The 15th Saarc SummitEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 21Sri Lanka: Ambassador Continues Efforts On Behalf Of Detained Journalist TissainayagamEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 21Sri Lanka: Tension In The Tmvp: Karuna And Pillaiyan Meet; Defense Secretary Outlines Shift Of Tmvp To Army, Police And Home GuardsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 8Karuna Returns To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 8Sri Lanka: Das Feigenbaum Confronts Gsl's "military Before Political" StrategyEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jul 7Sri Lanka: Tmvp Leader Assures Cooperation On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jun 25Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For Das Feigenbaum's Visit To Sri Lanka And MaldivesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jun 12Sri Lanka's Child Soldiers: Gsl Agrees To Joint Verification With Unicef; Obstacles RemainEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jun 5Sri Lanka's Eastern Provincial Council Convenes; Muslim-tamil Tensions HighEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jun 3Sri Lanka: Ethnic Divide In Attitudes On The Conflict And Human Rights AbusesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jun 3Sri Lanka's Child Soldiers: Initial Steps Welcome, But More NeededEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, May 16Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For Das Erica Barks-ruggles' VisitEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, May 12Request To Sri Lanka To Provide Aviation Support In DarfurEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, May 6Sri Lanka: Gsl Achieves Progress On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 29Icrc Donor Support Group Visit To Sri LankaUS Mission Geneva (United Nations)
2008, Apr 28Sri Lanka: Pdas Camp Encourages Progress On Human Rights And Political Solution To ConflictEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 25Sri Lanka: Tmvp Releases 28 Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 24Sri Lanka: Ambassador Discusses Human Rights Strategy With Senior MinisterEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 17Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For Pdas Camp's Visit To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 9Sri Lanka: Government-backed Paramilitary Releases 11 Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Apr 4Sri Lanka: Mfa Issues Harsh Rebuttal To U.s. Human Rights ReportEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 27Sri Lanka: Embassy Discusses Child Soldiers Roadmap With Gsl And UnicefEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 19Sri Lanka: Coordinating Human Rights Strategy With Like-minded CountriesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 18Sri Lanka: Tamil Journalists Detained For Alleged Links To LtteEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 18Ambassador Presses Sri Lankan Justice Secretary On Child SoldiersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 17Sri Lanka: Government Reacts Sharply To Human Rights Report; Embassy Stands By ReportEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Government-backed Ex-tigers Sweep Local Elections In EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Government-backed Ex-tigers Sweep Local Elections In EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Government-backed Ex-tigers Sweep Local Elections In EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Government-backed Ex-tigers Sweep Local Elections In EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Government-backed Ex-tigers Sweep Local Elections In EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Mar 4Uganda: Trafficking In Persons Report 2008Embassy Kampala (Uganda)
2008, Mar 4Ethiopia's Submission To The Eighth Annual Trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportEmbassy Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
2008, Mar 3Germany - 2008 Trafficking In Persons ReportEmbassy Berlin (Germany)
2008, Feb 29Sri Lanka: The Eighth Annual Anti-trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Feb 28Child Soldiers In Sri Lanka: Demarche DeliveredEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Feb 14Unsc Calls For Increased Accountability On Children And Armed ConflictUSUN New York (United Nations)
2008, Jan 16Sri Lanka: Ltte Strikes Civilian Bus In The Southeast, Killing 24Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2008, Jan 9Preparing The Eighth Annual Trafficking In Persons (tip) ReportSecretary of State (United States)
2007, Nov 29Sri Lanka: Worst Forms Of Child Labor Update - Nov 2007Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Nov 29A/s Sauerbrey Voices Concern Over Sri Lanka's Internally Displaced Persons And Human Rights RecordEmbassy New Delhi (India)
2007, Oct 31Un General Assembly: Special Rapporteurs On Extrajudicial Executions, Freedom Of Religion, Migrants, Human Rights In Dprk, Burundi And The DrcUSUN New York (United Nations)
2007, Oct 24Sri Lanka: Government Provides Weak Response To Request For Evidence Of Progress On Human RightsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Sep 19Human Rights High Commissioner Arbour Discusses Iran, Amicus Brief, Sri Lanka And Her Office's IndependenceUS Mission Geneva (United Nations)
2007, Sep 6Human Rights In Sri Lanka: Some Improvement But More Remains To Be DoneEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Jul 27Sri Lanka: Conditions For "up-country" Tamils Deplorable, Not ImprovingEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Jul 2Sri Lanka: Tigers Attempt To Orchestrate Massive ExplosionEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Jun 15Ambassador And Ofda Director Visit To Batticaloa, Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, May 21Sri Lanka: Attempts At Tmvp Reconciliation FailEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)

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2007, May 18Sri Lanka: Gsl Complicity In Paramilitary Factions' Human Rights AbusesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Apr 4Sri Lanka: Push For Un Human Rights Monitoring Mission Gaining MomentumEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Mar 30Sri Lanka: Foreign Minister Promises Accountability On Human RightsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Mar 27Sri Lanka: Ltte Suicide Bomber Explodes Tractor Near Army BaseEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Mar 21France On Burma: It's All About China?Embassy Paris (France)
2007, Mar 20France On Burma: It's All About China?Embassy Paris (France)
2007, Mar 5Uganda: Trafficking In Persons Report 2007Embassy Kampala (Uganda)
2007, Feb 26Sri Lanka: Formin Promises Devolution Proposal; Downplays Human Rights SituationEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Feb 12Sri Lanka: Military Victories In The East Pave Way For De-coupling Of Northern And Eastern ProvincesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Feb 6Austrian Media Highlights: February 06, 2007Embassy Vienna (Austria)
2007, Feb 6Norwegian Ambassador's Visit To "tense" KilinochchiEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Feb 5Sri Lanka: Defense Secretary Reckons Tiger Ground Forces Weakened, But Sea Tigers Still FierceEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Feb 1French Informed U.s. Will Not Attend Paris Conference On Children In WarEmbassy Paris (France)
2007, Jan 17Sri Lanka: International Ngos Face Climate Of IntimidationEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Jan 16Investment Climate Statement, 2007 - Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2007, Jan 9Sri Lankan Security Forces Capture Key Tiger Base In East; Raid Ltte-affiliated NgoEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Dec 26Condemnatory Human Rights Resolution On Burma Rides To Victory In The Un General AssemblyUSUN New York (United Nations)
2006, Dec 20Sri Lanka: Tigers Apologize For Abducting 23 Students, Release To IcrcEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Dec 14Sri Lanka Worst Forms Of Child Labor Update - Dec 2006Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Dec 12Sri Lanka: Army Shells Hit Vakarai Idps, Government Claims Ltte Using Human ShieldsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Dec 7Sri Lanka: Minister Gives Assurances On Human Rights Under New Anti-teror RegulationsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Dec 1Sri Lanka: Assassination Attempt On Defense Secretary FailsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Nov 14Sri Lanka: Government Security Forces In Cahoots With Karuna?Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Nov 13Sri Lanka: Tamil Mp Assassinated In Colombo; Thousands ProtestEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Nov 13Un Special Advisor Rock Expresses Deep Concern About Forced Recruitment Of Child Soldiers And Deteriorating Rights Situation In Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Sep 19Sri Lanka: Chief Ceasefire Monitor Describes Constraints To MissionEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Sep 19India, Us "converge" On Sri Lanka, Less On Bangladesh - Joint Secretary KumarEmbassy New Delhi (India)
2006, Aug 29Sri Lanka: Battle Begins For Sampur As Icrc Ship Reaches TrincomaleeEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Aug 15Scene-setter For Sca Pdas Mann's August 16 Visit To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Aug 14Sri Lanka: Claymore Explosion Hits Pakistani High Commissioner And Police Convoy Following Assassination Of Deputy Peace Secretary In ColomboEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Jul 13Sri Lanka: New Human Rights Ministry Pushes Security Force Candor On Human Rights IssuesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Jun 26Sri Lanka: Tiger Suicide Bombers Assassinate Sri Lanka Army Third-in-command Near Colombo As Tigers Brush Off President's Secret Offer Of Direct TalksEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Jun 16Sri Lanka: Air Strikes Continue On Ltte Military TargetsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Jun 15Sri Lanka: Worst Ltte Attack On Civilians Since 2002 Ceasefire Prompts Limited Military Response And Localized Ethnic BacklashEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Jun 14Spdc Road Show Goes To Karen StateEmbassy Rangoon (Burma)
2006, Jun 5Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Threaten Withdrawal After Eu Ban Announcement, But Agree To Attend Oslo Talks On Role Of SlmmEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, May 22Sri Lanka: Ngo Offices Targeted, Ltte Eastern Military Deputy Killed As Low-intensity Conflict ContinuesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Apr 19Sri Lanka: Death Of Child Soldier In Ltte Attack Underlines Ltte Contempt For Anti-recruitment CallsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Mar 27Colombo Co-chairs Huddle In Face Of Post-geneva Drift On Peace FrontEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Mar 24Sri Lanka: Norwegians Concerned About Prospects For Second Round Of TalksEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Mar 6Israel: Sixth Annual Trafficking In Persons Report (1 Of 4)Embassy Tel Aviv (Israel)
2006, Feb 28Imi - Investment Climate Statement, 2006 ? Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Feb 23(c) Sri Lanka: Information Regarding Extremist Recruitment Of Juveniles (c-ct5-00623)Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Feb 16Biographic Information On Radhika Coomaraswamy, Newly Appointed Un Special Representative For Children And Armed ConflictEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2006, Feb 9Sri Lankan Government In Serious Preparations For Ceasefire TalksEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Dec 27Murder In The Cathedral: Assassination Of Pro-tiger Mp In The East Followed By Mine Attack On Army Convoy In The NorthEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Dec 15Sri Lanka: 2005 Country Report On TerrorismEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Dec 14Co-chairs Should Focus On Private Messages To PartiesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Dec 13Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For December 19 Co-chairs MeetingEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Dec 7Sri Lanka: Un Rapporteur, Amnesty International Press Ltte On Human RightsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Nov 23India Cautiously Welcomes New Sri Lankan PresidentEmbassy New Delhi (India)
2005, Oct 20Snapshots From TrincomaleeEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Sep 26Finland Will Not (yet) Support Listing The Ltte As A Terrorist OrganizationEmbassy Helsinki (Finland)
2005, Sep 7Sri Lanka Gsp Child Labor UpdateEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Sep 2Sri Lankan Government Urges Eu Terrorist Designation For Ltte, Invites Un EnvoyEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Aug 16Sri Lanka: Helgesen Briefs Co-chairs On Norwegian Intentions In The Wake Of Kadirgamar AssassinationEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jul 28Unicef Reports Spike In Ltte Child Recruitment In BatticaloaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jul 1Scenesetter For The Secretary's Visit To ThailandEmbassy Bangkok (Thailand)
2005, Jun 24Unicef Sees Decline In Ltte Recruiment Of ChildrenEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jun 15Special Media Reaction: Statement Of The Co- Chairs Of The Sri Lanka Donor GroupEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jun 9Supreme Court Overturns Convictions In Landmark Human Rights CaseEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jun 7Sri Lanka: Jvp Threatens Showdown, President Seeks Support For Joint MechanismEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Mar 11Sri Lanka: Response To Demarche On Unchr 61Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Mar 1Sri Lanka: Tigers Try To Downplay, Deny Charges Of Child RecruitmentEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Feb 10Sri Lanka: Scenesetter For The February 20-21 Visit Of Former Presidents Bush And ClintonEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Feb 10Sri Lanka: Ltte Post-tsunami Child Recruitment, Rumored Break With UnicefEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jan 25United States Government Promotion Of Human Rights In Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jan 25Norwegian Ambassador Briefs Colombo Co-chairs On High-level Norwegian VisitEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jan 24Canada: Pm Martin's Seeks To Strengthen Commercial Ties And Humanitarian Response In Asia TripEmbassy Ottawa (Canada)
2005, Jan 12Tfxo01: Government/ltte Relief Coordination Reportedly Good, Despite Bad PressEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2005, Jan 5Ankara Media Reaction Report Wednesday, January 5, 2005Embassy Ankara (Turkey)
2004, Dec 29Israel Media ReactionEmbassy Tel Aviv (Israel)
2004, Dec 27Israel Media ReactionEmbassy Tel Aviv (Israel)
2004, Dec 15Co-chair Ambassadors Ask President To Rein In Jvp's Anti-peace Process CampaignEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Nov 9Sri Lanka: New Ltte Organization Offers Lip Service To Human RightsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Sep 24Sri Lanka: Tiger Child Recruitment Outstrips ReleasesEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Sep 20Sri Lanka: Government Losing Momentum, Ceding Initiative In Static Peace ProcessEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Aug 23Sri Lanka Child Labor Update For Trade And Development Act (gsp) Reporting RequirementsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Aug 18Eu And Japan Talk Tough To TigersEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Jun 30Ltte Backslides On Child Soldiers, Reportedly Seeks To Recruit Young AdultsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, May 18Media Play: Kadirgamar Coverage: Long On Headlines, Short On Editorial CommentEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Apr 28Unicef Cites Recent Positive Actions By The Tigers Regarding Child Soldiers But Remains CautiousEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Apr 27Official Informal Number 062 (04/27/04)Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Apr 16After Ousting Rebel Commander, Ltte Reasserts Control Over Tamil Areas In The EastEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Apr 14Sri Lanka: Under Pressure From The Main Ltte Organization, Forces Of Rebel Commander Karuna BuckleEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Mar 10Sri Lanka: Rebel Eastern Commander Torques Up His Criticism Of Main Tamil Tiger Organization In NorthEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2004, Jan 23Unicef Reports That The Tamil Tigers Forcibly Recruited Over 700 Children In 2003Embassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Nov 27In Annual Address, Ltte Leader Supports Peace Process, But Criticizes Political Situation In SouthEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Oct 8As Plan To Demobilize Child Soldiers Gets Under Way, Further Reports Of Tiger AbductionsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Oct 32003 Human Rights Report For Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Sep 15Donors Reaffirm Support For Peace Process At Tokyo Conference Follow-up MeetingEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Aug 18Sri Lanka Child Labor Information For Trade And Development Act (gsp) Reporting RequirementsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Jul 28Human Rights Update: Court Convicts Five For Role In Massacre; Security Crackdown Nets TamilsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Apr 24Final Donor Statement Of Principles Re Foreign Assistance To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Apr 2Media Play - IraqEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Mar 7Recent Peace Process-related Meetings Involving Ltte Help A Bit In Improving AtmosphereEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Feb 27Human Rights Update: Gsl Pursues Human Rights Cases, Ltte Shows Halting Human Rights ImprovementsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Feb 3Key Gsl Minister Sets Low Expectations For Berlin Round And Expresses Deep Concerns About The LtteEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2003, Jan 27Sri Lanka: Human Rights Cases Continue To Move Through Judicial System, If Somewhat ErraticallyEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Nov 26Sri Lanka: Deputy Ustr Huntsman Pushes Further LiberalizationEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Oct 24Sri Lanka: Draft Submission For 2002 Annual Human Rights ReportEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Oct 8Scenesetter For Drl P/das Parmly's Upcoming Visit To Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Oct 7Gsp Child Labor Update For Sri LankaEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Sep 12In Positive Human Rights Gesture, Tamil Tigers Release Large Number Of Child RecruitsEmbassy Colombo (Sri Lanka)
2002, Mar 1Maoists' Minors: Interviews With Child RecruitsEmbassy Kathmandu (Nepal)
2001, Oct 26Vatican VerbatimEmbassy Vatican (Vatican)