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Child Rights


Sri Lanka


(TCHR is an independent Human Rights organisation – not affiliated to any Tamil Federation or Association)

An Appeal to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights

Un appel à Nations Unies Commission des droits de l'homme

Una Ilamada a Naciones Unidas Comisión de Derechos Humanos




62 Session / Sesiones


March 2006


LOGO

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR

Centre Tamoul pour les droits de l'Homme - CTDH

Centro Tamil para los Derechos Humanos
(Established in 1990)

Tamil Centre for Human Rights - TCHR

Centre Tamoul pour les droits de l'Homme - CTDH

Centro Tamil para los Derechos Humanos

(Established in 1990)

 

  



Website : www.tchr.net

 

TCHR participation in United Nations World conferences and other meetings


* A meeting was held on 7 March 2006, in the European Parliament – titled "EU contribution to the peace process in Sri Lanka". This was jointly organised by the Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) and Mr. Robert Evans, a member of European Parliament of Labour Party in UK.

* The Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) officially accredited to participate in the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS in Tunisia, 16 – 18 November 2005.

* The Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR), officially participated in the NGO forum of the UN World Conference Against Racism – WCAR in Durban, South Africa, from 28 August to 1 September 2001. TCHR held an information stall including an exhibition at the forum. The TCHR representatives also attended the main WCAR conference held in Durban, 31 August to 7 September 2001.

(http://www.tchr.net/reports_wcar_detail.htm)


* A meeting was held on 14 October 1998, in the European Parliament – titled "Press censorship in Sri Lanka". This was jointly organised by the Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) and Ms. Anita Pollack, a member of European Parliament of Labour Party in UK.
* In 1993, the TCHR held an information stall and a photo exhibition on human rights violations, in the United Nations 2nd World Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria, from 14-25 June.
* TCHR has participated in meetings of Treaty bodies and has submitted reports to the same.

Fact finding missions to the North East of the Island of Sri Lanka
* May 2003 (http://www.tchr.net/report_studymission_2003.htm)

* December 2003addendum report (http://www.tchr.net/report_studymission_2003add.htm)

* July-August 2004 (http://www.tchr.net/reports_visite_2004.htm)

  

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Contents
Appeal 03

Rights of the Child 04

Rights of the child in International Law 05

The Sri Lanka government’s stance 06

Optional Protocol on children in armed conflicts (OP/AC)

Fact book on Global Sexual Exploitation 07

100,000 children aged 6 to 14 kept in brothels in Sri Lanka 08

10,000 to 12,000 children are being prostituted in Sri Lanka

60 per cent of youth are drug addicts



Child trafficking and Labour in Sri Lanka

250,000 between 500,000 child labourers in Sri Lanka 09

150,000 children employed as servants

Trafficking in Persons

More than 500 children missing after Tsunami

Women, children sexually abused after tsunami 10


    UN Special Rapporteur on children 11

    Child Abuse and Child Prostitution in Sri Lanka

Pedophiles' Paradise

10,000 Child prostitutes in Sri Lanka 12

20,000 to 30,000 Child prostitutes in Sri Lanka

Youth prostitution on the rise

Complaints of sexual offences against CHILDREN received by police

One out of 10 children sexually abused

Child abuser's sex activities confirmed

Sri Lanka, hotbed for sexual exploitation of children 13

Sri Lanka notorious destination for homosexual paedophiles

40,000 child prostitutes, more than half of them boys

Beach boys –carriers of HIV/AIDS

Fighting child prostitution in Sri Lanka

Sickening - News of the World investigated 14

Rapists, abusers prey on disaster victims 15

Tsunami Unexpectedly Aids Child Sex Trade


Many Children still abused and neglected in Sri Lanka 16

Stemming child sexual abuse: NCPA's role 17



US State Department – Country report 2002, 2004 & 2005 2,070 complaints of violent crimes against children 18

2,000 child prostitutes in the country

7,000 boys aged 15-18 years are self-employed prostitutes

BBC World Service

'100 kids abused daily' in Sri Lanka – BBC 19

The year the children suffered – BBC

Sri Lanka 'Child abuse' arrests - BBC



Impact of 20 years of war on the Tamil children

50,000 children out of school in the affected region 20

Jaffna children suffer trauma – BBC

Mostly children killed

Navalay Church massacre 21

Kumarapuram Massacre 22

A school bombed in Jaffna - 42 children killed

Massacre of Tamil youths in a detention Centre 23

136,000 IDPs are children in the North-East 24

270,000 displaced children

Call to increased action for Sri Lanka's war affected children

Survey reveals alarming malnutrition in North East

Out of 16,000 children, only a quarter found properly nourished

16% of tsunami affected children malnourished 25

Save the Tamil Children of Sri Lanka

Caring for the children affected by war

Child soldiers

Security forces encourage 15 year old children to join the army 26

Children under 18 in Home Guard duty and armed groups

Sri Lanka military lists 70,369 soldiers as deserters

Child soldiers in the Sri Lanka military 27

Child soldiers speak to the media

Paramilitary recruits underage boys 28

Child soldier issue is prioritised

"Decrease in recruitment and a rise in children being released" 29

UNICEF expressed satisfaction

Some of the many children released

Significant decrease in child recruitment

Kanuna’s cadre

TCHR report Dec 2004 30

Child soldiers, labour, prostitution and trafficking have similar causes

Human Rights Watch and its report on Sri Lanka 31

Political lobby in the Western cities

Two Americans kidnapped in Jaffna
Annexes

Child Soldiers and the Law - A Survey -  Nadesan Satyendra 32


Child Soldiers? What Child Soldiers? 34

Child Recruitment 35

UNICEF and Underage Recruitment 37

Princeton Prof. says 'no' to Sri Lanka Child Monks 39









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