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Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said today she did not want to comment on the foreign policy of the present government and insisted that there were no allegations of human rights abuses “when my government was in office”.

“There was never an allegation of human rights violations against my government. I don’t want to comment on how this government must react because it would attack me and castigate me because they are not willing to listen to anybody,” she told Daily Mirror.

The former president, who ruled the country for two successive terms and had fallen out of favour with the ruling regime, said the only allegation at the time she headed the government was the rape of Krishanthi Kumaraswamy.

“We immediately took action against the perpetrators, we ordered a trial by jury and 10 or 12 soldiers were jailed after being convicted,” she said.
Ms. Kumaratunge highlighted the fact that this government had only 25% of the war to complete.

“When I came into power 90% of the North was under the clutches of the LTTE, but by the time I ceded power, 75 % had been taken back. This government had only 25% of the war to complete,” she said.

When asked about her thoughts on the concerns raised during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Colombo by certain heads of state and the foreign media, she declined to comment.

“I’m not an advisor to the current government so I don’t want to comment. But as the leader who was at the helm of this country for more than a decade I can tell you that we firmly believed in protecting fundamental rights and media freedom while at the same time protecting the country’s good name and territorial integrity,” she said. (Hafeel Farisz)

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  • nihal Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:14 AM

    haah we know how you protected the human rights. How about Rukanht'as human right..is he not a human. How about Anoja ...

    nihal Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:18 AM

    why do not talk you about the slowed down economic growth at your time ..it was close to zero. 75% of the war had won by her is real joke.

    Blessing Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:40 AM

    I totally agree when she says, "This Government will not listen to anybody".

    Nilan Perera Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:37 AM

    No degree at all is better than an awarded Degree? OK..

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:54 AM

    Is there something called "Srilankan Foreign Policy" ????

    manoj Monday, 18 November 2013 04:37 PM

    under your leadership our soldiers lost horribly to terrorists, but yes you kept our facade intact, thanks to Lakshman Kadirgamar.

    jude Tuesday, 19 November 2013 05:20 AM

    Very Smart Move!!!!????

    Sinna Monday, 18 November 2013 04:50 PM

    Learn to give credit to those who deserve. When you were in power the Army suffered massive defeats as there was no clear strategy.

    Shah Monday, 18 November 2013 04:58 PM

    Madam CBK was my favourite leader politically,I wish she spend her time with dignity,without getting involved in substandard politics today.

    Saman Wednesday, 20 November 2013 08:18 AM

    @Nilan, Do you think education is about holding certificates?

    crazyboy Monday, 18 November 2013 05:05 PM

    Respectable you are the cause for the present predicament of democracy in this country. You dissolved the parliament before the end of the term of an elected government thereafter what happened is history known to all.

    imayavan Monday, 18 November 2013 05:15 PM

    The world is thinking that all the sri lankans are fools ... Sri Lanka does not mean only central and south but it includes north and east also... We should be generous enough to respect their rights too...

    marinda david Monday, 18 November 2013 05:29 PM

    The difference is you are a educated women

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Wednesday, 20 November 2013 02:26 PM

    Next she'll be saying, the people who died under her administration, deserved to die.

    Nilan Perera Monday, 18 November 2013 06:49 PM

    CBK educated? LOL ask her to show the certificates ...

    Nilan Perera Monday, 18 November 2013 06:52 PM

    Madam, Seem like you have cut many maths classes.. 90 - 75 is not 25 ?

    flatwhite Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:39 AM

    You violated all rights of Singhalese and Muslims and only talked with Solheim for years while talking Prabhakaran was getting ready and whacking are forces left right and centre. If there is sri lankan human rights courts You, Premadasa,Prabhakaran,JR all will be there and Rajapakse had to finish all blunders you made for generations bringing peace.Apprecaite this you were also nearly bumbed off.

    Jan Chandra Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:30 AM

    This woman is a joke and a half of the century. She should be in the English palace purchased form the Presidential wage without gracing our country any more.

    Christian Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:34 AM

    Yes she cannot...
    Minority religions are suffering because of racist buddist..

    Maths Sir Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:47 AM

    She meant 75% of the 90% which was under their control.

    Chugum Monday, 18 November 2013 03:11 PM

    Sorry Madam, Sri Lanka is a country were people do not know their human right, leave aside protect them. In my opinion Sri Lankans have never enjoyed human rights.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:50 AM

    At least it is better than the doctorate what Gota and MR hold from the Univ of Colombo and what the Presidential pimp holds from Russian univ.

    zacky een Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:59 AM

    what about Rukantha and Chandrika,.What about Anoja Weerasinghe.Under your government they were harrased and penalized for not supporting you.What action did you take re.to that.


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