Obama waives sanctions on countries that use child soldiers
Posted By Josh Rogin
Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:48 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a new executive order last week to fight human trafficking, touting his administration’s handling of the issue.
[quote]“When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed – that’s slavery,” Obama said in a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. “It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world. Now, as a nation, we’ve long rejected such cruelty.”
But for the third year in a row, Obama has waived almost all U.S. sanctions that would punish certain countries that use child soldiers, upsetting many in the human rights community.
Late Friday afternoon, Obama issued a presidential memorandum waiving penalties under the Child Soldiers Protection Act of 2008 for Libya, South Sudan, and Yemen, penalties that Congress put in place to prevent U.S. arms sales to countries determined by the State Department to be the worst abusers of child soldiers in their militaries. The president also partially waived sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo to allow some military training and arms sales to that country.[/quote]
South Sudan is not yet 15 months old as a country, so I’m not sure they have an organized military worthy of the word “organized”. Beyond that quibble, why in Hades is this law being suspended for select countries? for the 3rd year in a row?