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AG: 667 Former LTTE Child Combatants Rehabilitated

Sep 15, 2010 4:05:25 AM - thesundayleader.lk

Attorney General (AG) Mohan Peiris says that a total of 667 former LTTE child combatants undergone rehabilitation since May 2009 have been released and reunited with their parents and families.

Peiris has mentioned this fact during an interactive dialogue with Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy at the 15th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva.

“Out of the 667 children, 316 were boys and 351 were girls. The period of rehabilitation was one year or less. All 667 children have been released and reunited with their parents and families. The rehabilitation process involved psycho-social counseling, spiritual guidance and social rehabilitation, special education classes and vocational training,” he has said.

According to Peiris, throughout the three decade long conflict, the government continued to uphold and enforce a zero-tolerance policy towards abduction and use of children in armed conflict.

“Throughout the conflict and in the post-conflict phase, the government of Sri Lanka continued to cooperate and work closely with the office of the Special Representative and thank her and her special envoys who visited Sri Lanka in the past, for their support and advice extended to the government throughout this challenging period,” he has said.