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Army violates agreement on UN Peacekeeping missions: HRCSL

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The Sri Lanka Army has sent its troops for UN Peacekeeping missions in Lebanon without obtaining clearance from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) violating the agreement with the United Nations, HRCSL said in response to several media reports.

In a letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, HRCSL Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama had explained that the HRCSL was the only body in the country which was permitted to handle the clearance protocol for UN Peacekeeping troops.

Dr. Udagama said that HRCSL received applications of 204 soldiers with a letter dated December 21, 2017 by the SL Army however before it concluded the clearance proceedings the HRCSL learned through reports that some 49 soldiers were sent to Lebanon.

She said that when inquired the Army confirmed that it had sent the troops to Lebanon.

“We were astonished to hear this as the Army officially knew that it cannot send any troops on UN Peacekeeping missions without the clearance from the HRCSL. We were not informed that there was an urgent need to send 49 soldiers to Lebanon. By sending the troops without HRCSL clearance the Army had violated the agreement with the HRCSL,” she added.

Dr.Udagama had stated in her letter to President Sirisena that the cooperation of the institutions which sends troops for UN Peacekeeping missions including the Tri forces and the police as an essential fact for the success of the duty. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 8

  • SL Saturday, 07 April 2018 08:37 AM

    this country is controlled by UN and UNHCR thanks to grade 8 passed politicians.Unfortunately we do not have scholars like Late JRJ,Gamini Disananaya

    sanju Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:09 AM

    What a mess. Now they will rape underage Lebanese and the soup will thicken.

    DN Saturday, 07 April 2018 09:33 AM

    Dr. Udagama, you have to understand the urgency of these type of work. You can't sit on it months. Country is loosing on it.

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:15 AM

    The army leadership is probably still dreaming that there are only war heroes in the forces who have not committed war crimes or human rights abuses and a clearance would be not necessary.

    Senewi Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:18 AM

    Don't help UN by sending our troops for Peacekeeping missions hereafter .

    Ceylon Sunday, 08 April 2018 01:59 PM

    Un peace keeping soldiers pay western country salaries.who pay them that salaries here?.let these poor grade 8 passers to earn some money.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:26 AM

    Why did the HRCSL take over three months to process the applications? When some government officials don't do a proper job, other officials ignore them and just go ahead with whatever they have to do.

    Karu Sunday, 08 April 2018 07:03 AM

    Other countries try to send more troops to UN but our mad politicians and government officers try to cutoff off itBangladesh ,Nepal try to more.

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