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BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reuniting Colombia’s former child soldiers with their parents is a key challenge the country faces in helping children traumatised by the war to return to civilian life, according to the head of the government’s child protection agency.

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The Kachin Womens Association Thailand (KWAT) launched a new report, Pushed to the Brink Conflict and human trafficking on the Kachin-China border, Wednesday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) in Bangkok.
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Mayor survives 'sex slaves' censure

Friday, 31 May 2013 04:27

The mayor of the Japanese city of Osaka has survived a censure motion over his comments that Japan's sex slaves served a necessary role during World War II.

Osaka council members rejected the non-binding motion against Toru Hashimoto after a major party reversed its earlier stance and helped vote it down.

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Women’s groups and other parties in Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday protested Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s contentious remarks about the wartime sex slaves, with some calling for his immediate resignation.

The outspoken mayor’s remarks came during a visit to Okinawa on Monday, where he also told reporters U.S military personnel stationed there should make more active use of the local sex industry so they can ease their sexual frustration in a legal manner.

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OSAKA – The backlash against Osaka Mayor and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) coleader Toru Hashimoto escalated Tuesday over not only his remarks that Japan’s wartime sex slave system was necessary but also over comments to U.S.

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Young Osaka mayor’s Monday’s comments have already stirred up anger in neighbouring countries that bore the brunt of Japan’s wartime aggression. The countries in question have repeatedly pointed out that Japan has never fully expiated its atrocities in Asia and the Pacific in the 1930s and the 1940s.

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Red Hand Day for child soldiers

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 14:31

Every year on February 12, the Red Hand Day Initiative collects handprints in its campaign against the deployment of children in war zones. The handprints are literally imprints of hands on paper or textiles, such as T-shirts.

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— It's been over a decade since the civil war ended in Sierra Leone. During the war, 50,000 people were killed and millions displaced. Child soldiers played a key role in the conflict, as rebels recruited them to pick up weapons, fight and be used as sex slaves and spies.

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Of child soldiers and suicide squads

Friday, 19 October 2012 15:29

It was 2002, I was South Asia correspondent for a German magazine. The dubious honour of being the deadliest separatist outfit in the world was then held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) A United States diplomat arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday to discuss issues relating to alleged war crimes stemming from the Indian ocean island nation's quarter-century civil war which ended four years ago.
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