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#Child Soldiers

From TheJournal.ie Myanmar is 'failing to end recruitment of child soldiers' United Nations

Myanmar is 'failing to end recruitment of child soldiers'

The military and a number of rebel groups have drafted underage soldiers for years.

From TheJournal.ie Angelina Jolie 'offered to help capture' Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony Child Soldiers This post contains videos

Angelina Jolie 'offered to help capture' Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

The actor apparently wanted to invite Kony to dinner so he could be arrested.

From TheJournal.ie Number of child soldiers in CAR has nearly doubled since March Central African Republic

Number of child soldiers in CAR has nearly doubled since March

The country is now “on the verge of genocide”.

From TheJournal.ie War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor Charles Taylor

War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor

Victims of the former Liberian president’s regime spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term was upheld.

From TheJournal.ie 82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo Child Soldiers

82 child soldiers rescued from militia in DR Congo

The children, some as young as eight-years-old, were recruited by the group over the last six months.

From TheJournal.ie Child soldiers 'increasingly recruited in Syria' Syria

Child soldiers 'increasingly recruited in Syria'

Save the Children said that both sides of the conflict are using boys as soldiers and even human shields.

From TheJournal.ie Ugandan army says it killed top Kony bodyguard Kony

Ugandan army says it killed top Kony bodyguard

The body guard to the notorious LRA leader had earned a grim reputation over the abduction of children.

From TheJournal.ie Congo warlord sentenced to jail for using child soldiers Congo

Congo warlord sentenced to jail for using child soldiers

Thomas Lubanga was found guilty of recruiting and using children and sending them to kill and be killed during fighting in the Congo.

From TheJournal.ie LRA commander captured by Ugandan soldiers Uganda

LRA commander captured by Ugandan soldiers

Ugandan officials say Caesar Acellam was one of Joseph Kony’s top strategists in the LRA.

From TheJournal.ie Uganda suggests Joseph Kony getting Sudan support Uganda

Uganda suggests Joseph Kony getting Sudan support

Ugandan officials have repeated past claims that rebel leader Joseph Kony has been receiving support from the Sudanese government.

From TheJournal.ie Taylor verdict hailed a 'victory for victims' Blood Diamonds

Taylor verdict hailed a 'victory for victims'

Human rights groups call for better reparations for victims and for more perpetrators to be brought to justice.

From TheJournal.ie Sequel to Kony 2012 viral video expected today Kony 2012

Sequel to Kony 2012 viral video expected today

The ‘Stop Kony’ video has been viewed over 86 million times on YouTube since its release last month.

From TheJournal.ie 'Exhaustion and dehydration' behind Kony 2012 campaigner's hospitalisation Kony 2012

'Exhaustion and dehydration' behind Kony 2012 campaigner's hospitalisation

Jason Russell’s wife says that he “did some irrational things brought on by extreme exhaustion and dehydration”.

From TheJournal.ie Filmmaker defends Kony 2012 campaign as video reaches over 56m hits Viral Video This post contains videos

Filmmaker defends Kony 2012 campaign as video reaches over 56m hits

Critics have suggested an ulterior motive for Jason Russell’s campaign to bring alleged war criminal Joseph Kony to justice through a viral video campaign.

From TheJournal.ie ‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report Child Soldiers This post contains videos

‘For children in Somalia, nowhere is safe’ – HRW report

The rights group has criticised all sides of the Somali conflict of recruiting child soldiers and failing to adequately protect children.

THE TRIAL has begun at Guantanamo Bay of Omar Khadr, in the first trial at the controversial military camp since the election of President Barack Obama.

Khadr, a Canadian citizen, was 15 when he was captured by American troops in 2002 in Afghanistan, where he was accused of throwing a grenade that killed an American soldier towards the end of a four-hour bombardment of an al-Qaeda facility in Khost.

Khadr faces charges of murder, providing material support for terrorism, and spying. He denies having anything to do with the fundamentalistic Islamic terrorist group, however, saying he was brought to Afghanistan by his father.

He is is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo and the last remaining Western prisoner being held there. He is also the only detainee being charged with murder.

Aside from being the first trial held at Guantanamo since Obama’s election – in which the closure of the facility was a core plank of Obama’s election promises – the trial is the first time since World War II that the United States is trying someone in a military setting for acts committed as a minor.

Khadr’s legal team have insisted that the now-23-year-old be treated as a child soldier, while the United Nations has condemned the fact Kkadr is being tried at all, asserting that children should not be tried before military tribunals.

Yesterday’s action at the court was largely taken up by jury selection, with potential jurors asked if they believed it inappropriate to try a juvenile for a serious crime, or if they had an issue with someone being tried eight years after their alleged offences.

They were also asked if they had ever seen a Muslim person on a plane and feared that that person may attempt to hijack their flight.

If found guilty of murder, Khadr will face life imprisonment.