The United Nations has listed the Iniya Barrathi faction of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) that recruits or uses children, kill or maim children, and/or commit rape and other forms of sexual violence against children in situations of armed conflict on the agenda of the Security Council.
Releasing the UN Secretary-General’s Tenth Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, yesterday, Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy stated that “the whereabouts of some children recruited by armed groups remain unknown, including some who are now adults.”
With regard to the LTTE, as at the end of December 2010, the number of persons unaccounted for was 1,373, including 15 who are still children. With regard to TMVP, the total number of pending cases is 13 boys, including 5 then under the age of 18 years, who remain associated with TMVP (former elements of Karuna faction, under the command of Iniya Barrathi).”
· Earlier investigation was carried out by National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) and it was not fruitful
· A fresh investigation will recommence with immediate effect, the Foreign Ministry said.
See Also Dailymirror.lk 12 May 2011