Magazine article New Internationalist

Court Convicts over Child Soldiers

Magazine article New Internationalist

Court Convicts over Child Soldiers

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In a ground-breaking move, the war crimes court for Sierra Leone has handed down the first-ever convictions by a UN-backed tribunal for the crime of recruiting and using child soldiers. Thousands of children were used by all sides during Sierra Leone's brutal n-year conflict, which ended in 2002. They were often forcibly recruited, given drugs and used to commit atrocities. Thousands of girls were also forced to become soldiers and often subjected to sexual exploitation.

In Freetown in June, the Special Court for Sierra Leone found three men from the rebel Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu) guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international law, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers. …

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