The 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush
In a move criticized by human rights organizations worldwide, the Obama administration has decided to exempt Yemen and three other countries that use child soldiers from U.S. penalties under the 2008 Child Soldiers Prevention Act.
In a memorandum to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama said he had determined that "it is in the national interest of the United States" to waive application of the law to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Yemen. He instructed Clinton to submit the decision to the Congress with a written justification for the move.
Jo Becker, children's rights director at Human Rights Watch said "This is a groundbreaking law ... and he's undercutting it."
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