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December 7, 2007

Child Soldiers in Burma

-- by Dave Johnson

More bad news: Burma's Generals Flaunt Laws, Recruit Child Soldiers,

Prominent human rights groups are urging the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Burma in response to its military government's continuing recruitment of child soldiers.

"Burma's army has recruited thousands of children to fill its ranks," said Jo Becker of the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) group. "The Security Council needs to show Burma's generals that they cannot get away with such horrendous practices."

The call for sanctions came as members of the Council's working group on children and armed conflict met in New York Thursday to consider a new report accusing the Burmese regime of "grave violations" against children, including patterns of underage military recruitment.

Posted by Dave Johnson at December 7, 2007 3:47 PM

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