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    Child Soldier Treaty in 2000

    Earlier this month, U.S. President Bill Clinton signed an important new child soldiers treaty. The Treaty, an Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was signed at the United Nations on July 5. Reflecting on the thousands of children used in conflicts from Sierra Leone to Colombia, President Clinton said, "To give life to our dream of a global economy that lifts all people, first we must stand together for all children."

    The Treaty raises the age for conscription and participation in conflict to 18 from the current international standard of 15 and requires governments to take "all feasible measures to ensure that members of their armed forces who have not attained the age of 18 years do not take a direct part in hostilities."

    Hypocrisy, thy name is the US.

    Afghanistan - Come for the lithium and stay for the opium.

    by BOHICA on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 01:45:03 PM PDT

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      New Child Soldiers Law

      In October 2008, we saw a major victory when President Bush signed into law the Child Soldiers Accountability Act, which will allow the US to prosecute persons in the United States who have knowingly recruited or used children under age 15 as child soldiers, even if the children were recruited or served as soldiers outside the United States. It also allows the United States to deport or deny entry to individuals who have knowingly recruited children as soldiers.

      Afghanistan - Come for the lithium and stay for the opium.

      by BOHICA on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 01:50:21 PM PDT

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