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Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s allegations that war widows face sexual exploitation by members of the army among others should be condemned publically by President Maithripala Sirisena, former president and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

Issuing a statement, he said Ms. Kumaratunga’s allegations were a matter of grave concern and the Army’s statement rejecting these allegations did not carry any weight.

“When a former president and commander-in-chief makes such a statement the person who should respond should be the current President and the Commander in Chief.  Therefore, as a former president and commander-in-chief, I urge the President to publicly condemn the statement made by Ms. Kumaratunga,” he said.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the government should also seriously consider whether Ms. Kumaratunga is fit to be the head of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) because she was using that position to tarnish the image of the armed forces of Sri Lanka.

“Since Ms. Kumaratunga holds the position of head of the ONUR which functions under the Presidential Secretariat, the statements she makes goes to the world as the official position of the Sri Lankan government,” he said.  

Mr. Rajapaksa said the rape and sexual exploitation of women in the war zone both during and after the war was one of the main unsubstantiated accusations made by two irregularly set up investigations against Sri Lanka within the UN system – the Darusman report of 31 March 2011 and the Navi Pillai/Zeid Al Hussein report of 16 September 2015.

The latter report had a whole chapter of about ten pages devoted to the subject of rape and sexual exploitation,” he said.

“Now, with days to go for the 34th Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, a former President of Sri Lanka and a former Commander in Chief of our armed forces says that our armed forces are sexually exploiting war widows in the north. What we have here is a former President echoing the accusations made by our enemies in what is obviously a deliberate attempt to vilify our armed forces on the eve of the UNHRC meeting,” he said.

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  • ananda Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:15 PM

    We need to inquire the allegations levelled against the army first and we do not need to expose those exploitations for political gains. via DM Android App

    DING DONG Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:41 PM

    IS IT WORSE THAN ASSIGNING SOLDIERS TO LOOK AFTER HIS BROTHER BASIL DOGS WHO HAVE USE SECURITY FORCES ACH via DM Android App

    Jan Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:54 PM

    MR RegimeFamily has used ARMY personnel for various purposes that well known to all Srilankans and first he should take pardon from all citizens via DM Android App

    Avisenna Thursday, 23 February 2017 05:13 PM

    If one come to power with the help of the enemy one must do as promised . Bashing the Ranaviru and the nation is part of the deal for UN diaspora Sanhidiyawa via DM Android App

    Selvyn Thursday, 23 February 2017 05:25 PM

    If he thinks that the President has to condemn Mrs K it becomes highly imperative for the President to condemn MR for his instigations via DM Android App

    Shelly. Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:10 PM

    There are so many things that have to be stopped .But unfortunately that cannot be done. Raping and stealing gold belong to victims.Uni ragging. Politicos plundering public wealth. Public servants asking for money and sex bribes.How much MR try to hide those things have happened. via DM Android App

    sara Thursday, 23 February 2017 08:39 PM

    MR you mean whether the statement is true or not-it should be condemned. You are genius.

    Ajith Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:05 PM

    Why don't you retire from politics gracefully and mind your own business? You have done enough damage already.

    Sylvia Haik Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:24 PM

    Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse should get it into his head that he is no longer the President and stop barking orders to the current President, who, unlike himself, had always acted in the best interest of all Sri Lankans, whatever their religion or community.

    raj Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:56 PM

    what happened in Haiti few days ago.MR Are you going to protest against that also?

    sara Thursday, 23 February 2017 10:59 PM

    Don't worry MR-Nothing can be proved. will end up as mere statements only. Don't excite the people to get more votes next time.

    Pincha Friday, 24 February 2017 02:03 AM

    How foolish and an empty politician your are.....is proven by this statement without beyond any doubt.

    Value freedom Friday, 24 February 2017 03:45 AM

    MR is barking orders to the suave President who has made it possible for anyone to speak.He misuses that to the hilt and obstructs him at every turn with his corrupt JOKamal G in his book ROAD TO NANDIKADAL said that the Army had bad eggs who were a disgrace and wanted action taken,PAGE 55MR is seeking cheap publicity after all the misuse of power waste of resources and corruption of an order never known.

    Disgusting Friday, 24 February 2017 03:56 AM

    MR is moving heaven and earth to prevent investors coming to Sri Lanka by creating unrest every day.Is this how an ex President who lived in clover with family who claims to love the country should behave when half the population is below starvation level.

    Ganesh Friday, 24 February 2017 07:32 AM

    They may be unsubstantiated for you and your ostrich ilk but the whole world knows and the people who were victimised are the proven witnesses .As an honest president you yourself should have conducted impartial inquiry then there and revealed the truth now no point of barking at the moon

    Sameen Jan Friday, 24 February 2017 08:11 AM

    What is the credibility of a woman president accused of being a bandit queen by Victor Ivan in his book that is still unchallenged by the lady

    dulan Friday, 24 February 2017 08:13 AM

    He proudly says President and Commander in Chief, only the holders think they are great

    Joee Friday, 24 February 2017 08:48 AM

    Mr M R, we have not forgotten, what you did to S F then.


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