Justice Takes Time

At Kids Meeting Kids one thing we’ve learned is that justice can sometimes take a long time. This article is exactly showing that. It is about a case against five people who had been raising millions of euros in Europe for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, an armed group that had fought for decades against the Sri Lankan government until their defeat in 2009. Fundraising for the Tamil Tigers was illegal in the Netherlands, due to the group’s long history of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. The group had massacred civilians, carried out hundreds of suicide bombings, and recruited thousands of boys and girls into their forces. In addition to charging the defendants with illegal fundraising, they were also charging them with participating in a criminal organization that committed war crimes – specifically, the recruitment and use of child soldiers. This was back in 2004. Back then when the trial ended the men were convicted of illegal fundraising but not of the participation charge. Then the case went to the appeals court which had only in recent months decided to not only hold the current charge but they also saw enough evidence to charge them with the participation in a criminal group. This goes to show sometimes patience is all that is needed in order to truly see justice be obtained. What do you think? Where would you like to see something like this happen?

"Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious."-Phillips Brooks

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