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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Only Human demeans Humanity.....

Child Soldiers in Burma (Myanmar) - HRW reportFacing a military staffing crisis, the Burmese government is forcibly recruiting many children, some as young as age 10, into its armed forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Oct. 31. Burmese military recruiters target children in order to meet unrelenting demands for new recruits due to continued army expansion, high desertion rates and a lack of willing volunteers. Non-state armed groups, including ethnic-based insurgent groups, also recruit and use child soldiers, though in far smaller numbers. "The brutality of Burma's military government goes beyond its violent crackdown on peaceful protestors," said Jo Becker, children's rights advocate for Human Rights Watch. "Military recruiters are literally buying and selling children to fill the ranks of the Burmese armed forces." Based on an investigation in Burma, Thailand and China, the 135-page report, "Sold to Be Soldiers: The Recruitment and Use of Child Soldiers in Burma, " found that military recruiters and civilian brokers receive cash payments and other incentives for each new recruit, even if the recruit clearly violates minimum age or health standards. To learn more, please go to: http://newsletters-jp.developmentex.com/link.php?M=490745&N=483&L=8942

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