…but the government of Sri Lanka has denied their appeal.
On October, 10, Sri Lanka submitted an application to the European Union “to extend the generalized system of preferences plus (GSP+) concessions, and had submitted information to show that the country was in compliance with European rules.” In turn, the EU requested that Sri Lanka comply with international standards for civil and political rights and submit to a probe ensuring their compliance, including issues relating to child soldiers.
International trade minister G L Pieris responded (from this article):
Sri Lanka had been an independent state from 1948, and was a functioning democracy where there was rule of law, and it was beneath the dignity of an independent state to submit to such an investigation.
More on child soldier issues in Sri Lanka:
- Sri Lanka government making strides…
- DeLon, M.I.A. sing about war and child soldiers in Sri Lanka…
- Tamil Tigers accused of recruiting child soldiers in Sri Lanka
- Novel on being a child soldier for LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) review
- Images found in Sri Lanka of LTTE child soldiers killed in action