A human rights group says Tamil Tiger rebels have recruited more than 35-hundred child soldiers in Sri Lanka since signing a ceasefire with the government in 2002.
In a new report, Human Rights Watch says the Tamil rebels use intimidation and threats to pressure Tamil families to provide children for military service.
The report says parents who resist the recruitment of their children face retribution from the Tamil Tigers, and child soldiers who try to escape are often beaten.
The report came as Norway's foreign minister was in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo Wednesday to help revive stalled peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels. But Jan Petersen said he does not expect a breakthrough on resuming direct negotiations.
The Tigers have waged a 20-year campaign for self-rule for Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamil minority.