(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is facing backlash from humanitarian and human rights groups after lifting restrictions on the use of child soldiers in certain countries, according to The Cable.
On Thursday, the administration waived a key section of the 2008 Child Soldier Law for the countries of Chad, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Yemen. The law, signed by former President George W. Bush in 2008, prohibits the U.S. from providing military assistance and financing to countries who continue to actively recruit child soldiers.
The administration’s move will allow one more year for those countries to improve before they can be flagged by the State Department for violating the law.
A memo to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed by the president on Monday states that the waivers were in the “national interest of the United States.”
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