Practice Relating to Rule 1. The Principle of Distinction between Civilians and Combatants
In 2008, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child under the 2000 Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, Sri Lanka stated:
36. The former Special Representative of the [UN] Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict Mr. Olara Otunnu was invited by the Government to visit Sri Lanka in May 1998, to add strength to the advocacy campaign against child recruitment … The LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] made the following commitments in relation to children in armed conflict to Mr. Otunnu during his meeting with the LTTE[:]
(e) The LTTE … agreed to review its strategies and tactics of targeting civilian population contrary to humanitarian laws.
37. These commitments were not implemented by the LTTE.
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