Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Obama administration is expected to announce waivers to the 2008 Child Soldiers Protection Act that is meant to stop the U.S. from giving military aid to countries that recruit soldiers under the age of 15 and use them as soldiers.
Mr. Obama laid out a range of justifications for waiving penalties on Yemen, South Sudan, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all of which amount to a gutting of the law for the second year in a row.
Speaking out against the decision, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights said:
“President Obama’s decision today to provide taxpayer funded military assistance to countries that use children as soldiers is an assault on human dignity. Good citizens of this country who do not want to be complicit in this grave human rights abuse must challenge this administration. Our law states that America does not fund the use of child soldiers.”
Perhaps Barack Obama can explain why he has such contempt for children?
SOURCE: Foreign Policy