Amnesty claims ‘preposterous’-SL

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While rejecting the latest allegations of arbitrary, illegal detention in Sri Lanka, and extrajudicial execution made by Amnesty International (AI), Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem said that the claims are made to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka internationally at this ‘crucial juncture’.

In a new report titled “Locked away: Sri Lanka’s security detainees,” AI has claimed that “arbitrary and illegal detention and enforced disappearances remain routine in Sri Lanka, where human rights abuses are not investigated nor punished”.

 Minister Hakeem who was a part of the Sri Lankan delegation to Geneva said that the claims made by AI are “preposterous and highly exaggerated”.  “We have clearly documented the number of people in detention as well as in legal custody. Amnesty International is making a highly exaggerated and preposterous claim without realizing that every individual in detention has clearly been accounted for.  Those who are detained are detained under the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act or under legal custody. Since the removal of the state of emergency those who are under detention fall only into the above two categories” he said.

Hakeem went on to state that an organization such as Amnesty International should not make such sweeping statements with no valid proof. “ if they have any issue they should have brought it to us. We are willing to talk to them and be accounted for but instead they are motivated by a political agenda. This is done to cast aspirations against Sri Lanka at a time when there is a resolution pending at UNHRC sponsored by the US in Geneva. Reports of this would help create the necessary impasse for them at this juncture. We condemn and reject this report” he said. ( Hafeel Farisz)
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  • S de Silva Tuesday, 13 March 2012 04:05 PM

    So the good Mr Sam Zarifi from Amnesty just woke up from his sleep to quite belatedly recognise "The LTTE had a horrific record of abuse ..." How very true but a bit too late. Where the hell were you lot for the 30 years when the LTTE were harassing Sri Lankans? Or is it that you had your bribe just now from the terrorists in Canada to enable your mouth to be opened?!! - S de Silva - London

    regi Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:41 AM

    Rauf Hakeem was singing a different song when he was in the opposition.

    Leslie Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:40 AM

    What is this image you are talking about, that Sri Lanka is having Internationally?

    RajasH Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:42 PM

    AI claim is “preposterous and highly exaggerated
    C4 video is a fraud and concocted
    we are clean as a whistle

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 13 March 2012 01:50 PM

    'JUSTICE' Minister? I thought we dont have one.

    Vethanthi Saturday, 17 March 2012 08:29 AM

    Hakeem, U signed a pact with LTTE in 2003. U dined with him. SL must be defended. But u r not eligible 4 that. Yours is His Masters voice. U r a disgrace for Muslims

    mara Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:47 PM

    Those who critizises Sri Lanka will also critizises Justice Minister as well. They are indirect supporters of LTTE, who also should be considered as terrorists.

    Yuri Tuesday, 13 March 2012 07:41 PM

    Another Joker in Geneva. why dont take Wimal with you

    john Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:11 PM

    "aspirations" should be "aspersions"

    Mifaz Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:11 PM

    You are a big jumper and you talk about justification


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