The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero was told that there was an issue over a travel ban which had been issued against him earlier.The monk had informed the airport officials that the travel ban had been lifted. The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero was recently ordered to disembark a plane at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) following an issue which arose with regards to a court case filed against him. The monk was about to travel to London via the BIA when he was instructed by officials to disembark the plane after boarding it. An overseas travel ban imposed on the Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka Thero has been temporarily lifted by the Colombo High Court today.The ban has been lifted till he 10th of September by the Colombo High Court. However since there was some doubt on the dates of the lifting of the travel ban the monk was not allowed to board the plane again. (Colombo Gazette)
“It is important to protect children from being recruited and used in armed conflict,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said, reacting to Friday’s arrest of Thomas Lubanga by ICC.“Wars must never be fought by children. Whether children are forcibly recruited, join armed groups in order to escape poverty or hunger, or enlist to actively support a cause, the first loss is their childhood,” she said.UNICEF estimates that at any given time, up to 300,000 children globally are being used in armed groups and forces in a variety of roles, including as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers, spies and for sexual purposes.Mr. Lubanga, a Congolese national and alleged founder and leader of the Union des Patriotes Congolais, was arrested in Kinshasa on Friday and transferred to the ICC in The Hague as part of the judicial proceedings under the Rome Statute, which makes the conscription, enlistment or use of children under 15 in hostilities by national armed forces or armed groups a war crime.He is the first person to be arrested and transferred to the ICC since the Rome Statute took effect in 2002.