• Anonymous

    This sounds like a wait-and-see to me (a revisit-in-1-year?), but I am very uncomfortable about it……

  • http://twitter.com/cooloften Sanju Paison

    How to protect child rights from birth itself? Require basic financial capability for parenthood. http://www.theperfectworld.org

  • http://twitter.com/leonastar Kaitlyn Scott

    The Administration’s argument that the waiver will actually help these countries effectively implement policies to demobilize child soldiers and meet international human rights norms seems a little weak to me. The bill already has an “Exception for Programs Directly Related To Addressing the Problem of Child Soldiers or Professionalization of the Military.” Those statements seem to be just a feeble attempt to make the real objective, counter-terrorism even at the expense of human rights, more palatable.

    “(e) Exception for Programs Directly Related To Addressing the Problem of Child Soldiers or Professionalization of the Military-
    (1) IN GENERAL- The President may provide assistance to a country for international military education, training, and nonlethal supplies (as defined in section 2557(d)(1)(B) of title 10, United States Code) otherwise prohibited under subsection (a) upon certifying to the appropriate congressional committees that–
    (A) the government of such country is taking reasonable steps to implement effective measures to demobilize child soldiers in its forces or in government-supported paramilitaries and is taking reasonable steps within the context of its national resources to provide demobilization, rehabilitation, and reintegration assistance to those former child soldiers; and
    (B) the assistance provided by the United States Government to the government of such country will go to programs that will directly support professionalization of the military.”

  • Kagiso3741

    right is right .. wrong is wrong .. when it comes to allowing child soldiers … Obama might as well be Richard Nixon …

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