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Sri Lanka rebels say release 23 children

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers said they had handed over 23 children to a human rights organisation, days after the United Nations accused the rebels of recruiting child soldiers in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said on their Web site (ltteps.org) that four of the children handed over to the Northeast Secretariat on Human Rights (NESOHR) on Thursday were now with their parents. “Endeavours are being made by NESOHR to trace the parents of the other children and ensure that they are handed back,” the rebels said on the Web site, adding that the children had volunteered to enlist with the Tigers. The United Nations Childrens Fund said last month that the Tigers had recruited 40 children under the age of 18 in the month since the tsunami ravaged Sri Lanka’s southern, eastern and northern seaboard on Dec. 26. Full Story

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