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U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on states on Wednesday to impose “targeted sanctions” on former Sri Lankan military commanders implicated in alleged war crimes during the final years of a 26-year civil war that ended in 2009.

“States can consider targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations and abuses,” she said in a report on Sri Lanka to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Bachelet voiced concern that since 2020, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had appointed at least 28 serving or retired military and intelligence personnel to key civilian posts, including some “implicated in United Nations reports in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final years of the conflict”.(Reuters)

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  • Ranaweera Thursday, 28 January 2021 01:15 AM

    But you are patronising LTTE war criminals in your countries. How about putting sanctions on them too and also on your self for promoting terror for 30 bloody years and now trying to punish those who risked their lives to give better life to Tamils in Sri Lanka (who never appreciate that due to racist mindset of theirs).

    BE FAIR Thursday, 28 January 2021 05:17 AM

    So the LTTE were saints Do I smell rotten here?

    sandaruwan Thursday, 28 January 2021 06:16 AM

    Haha funny

    Lokka Thursday, 28 January 2021 06:21 AM

    Why only the final years of the war. It should cover the whole period of 26 years for you to find out the truth.

    Punchi Banda Thursday, 28 January 2021 06:41 AM

    Who is this United Nations to criticise us superior shinghala buddhist living in Buddha blessed paradise Sri Lanka. The only activity should be regularly providing us with alms to keep us alive and sometimes vaccines for free

    Peacemaker Thursday, 28 January 2021 06:59 AM

    Please include Goto too

    MN Thursday, 28 January 2021 07:31 AM

    For most locals,Ms. Bachlet, out of these military officers,except Maj.Gen. Kanapalana and who talked big in front of prez but failed paddy officer, others including especially, Gen.Silva,their services highly commendable

    K.L Pathirana Thursday, 28 January 2021 07:37 AM

    Does this mean ceasing foreign assets of GR ? He was a military man with foreign bank accounts. UN and their intelligence need to investigate the black money trail to Sri Lanka. A clear violation of anti-money laundering laws. Well done Ms. Bachelet !!

    Sokrates Thursday, 28 January 2021 08:27 AM

    This is not enough. Sanctions should be imposed also on all government members including the ruling Mafia Clan, because they do not hand over the war criminals to The Hague.

    Ranaweera Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:04 AM

    So war criminals of LTTE are putting pressure on you. Because the war ended Tamils live a normal life in the North although they are still afraid to publicly appreciate that due to terror cells still are operating under your cover. First prosecute those in Europe and UK as well as in USA. Their crimes against humanity i.e middle East wars, are horrendous. You definitely do not have guts to do that right.

    Ashmo Fontana Thursday, 28 January 2021 12:28 PM

    Creating issues in many developing countries, helping creating Terrorism and terrorizing the world , also allowing to collect funds freely to the terror groups in US putting the UN name front and trying to invade countries is what all about US doing . Global terrorist is what US should be called .

    vithura Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:12 PM

    Sri Lankans from the majority community wish this would go away, unfortunately it will only be just that a wish!

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