December 18, 2008
US limits military aid to nations using child soldiers
Under legislation adopted by the US Congress on December 10, 2008, governments involved in the use of children as soldiers may no longer be eligible for US military assistance, Human Rights Watch said today. The legislation, passed unanimously by both the Senate and the House, could affect six countries currently receiving US military training, financing, and other defense-related assistance: Afghanistan, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Uganda.
Well, as quite some politicians use to say: “That was then. This is now”.
From Al Jazeera today:
Child soldiers ‘no bar’ for US aid
Afghanistan is not mentioned in this Al Jazeera report, but don’t bet on the Pentagon and other US government agencies wanting to stop the flow of taxpayers’ money to the Kabul puppet regime; even though it and its warlord supporters continue to use child soldiers.
It does not mention Sri Lanka …
The nice sounding 2008 United States law is a dead letter.
Britain: Campaigners and faith groups welcomed an amendment to the Armed Forces Bill today which could put stop youths joining the military: here.