Tens of millions of dollars of U.S. military financing will continue to flow to Yemen and three other countries that recruit and use child soldiers, despite a 2008 U.S. law designed to restrict U.S. taxpayer funding of foreign militaries that enlist children to fight in war.
The White House issued a memorandum Tuesday evening to allow military funding to Yemen, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad, three of the six countries on the State Department’s list of foreign governments that recruit and use child soldiers in state-backed armed forces and militias.
Human rights advocates say the presidential waivers, issued for a second year in a row, undermine the intentions of Congress.
“The law could be very effective if it was applied the way Congress intended, but instead the administration has chosen to disregard the law and exert poor leadership on this issue,” said Jo Becker, advocacy director of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division. “Last year, the administration said they were putting governments on notice and giving them time to address the problem, but this year governments that have shown no progress are still getting assistance no strings attached.”
In Yemen, children who are 15 years old and younger have been recruited to fight in the government’s conflict with rebels. Becker says that as recently as August, Human Rights Watch observed children serving in Yemen’s Central Security force, an elite paramilitary unit, and with the army’s First Armored Division, which defected to the opposition in March.
damn obama just transformed into a perfect magnetic being and summoned all the guns in the world and absorbed them into his body. crazy
last time I recalled, he has multiple security guards for his family. so, if anyone trespassed on his lawn, they’d be down in seconds, while Obama does nothing but order it. what happens when someone breaks into my house and tries to kill me? do I have security guards? no. but do I have guns? hell fucking yeah I do because i want protection. now take that protection away, all because “guns kill people.” GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE. People kill people.
and if you really think criminals are going obey the gun law then you must be a special kind of stupid. just would like to point this out to everyone.
i know what i saw and it was barack obama absorbing all the guns of the world into his body, thanks.
I really don’t care what you have to say, just like to point out that Obamas gun movement is very moronic and hypocritical.
the movement of all the world’s guns into barack obama’s body, unleashing his terrible final form, is not moronic at all. it is a harbinger of the end times
All day today.
The Inaugural Committee just released a video of President Obama talking about what Monday’s inauguration means to him.
“Two figures that I admire probably more than anybody in American history are Dr. King and President Lincoln,” Obama says. “So for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles of these two men that I admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is, I think, fitting. Because their actions — the movements they represented — are the only reason that it’s possible for me to be inaugurated.”
We’re just going to leave this here.
Okay now that women’s rights and marriage equality are relatively more secure and we’re all past the point where I’m willing to let you think “yeah but do you think Romney would be against drone strikes” is actually a valid response, can you please all start being very critical about Obama’s foreign policy because it is fucked right the heck up
obama was elected the same year the dark knight was released
obama was re-elected the same year the dark knight rises was released…
could it be?
“Watcha thinkin’ about?”
Pop and Daddy. This is great.