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By Kshanika Argent

The government shrugged off allegations by the US that it committed human rights violations during and after the war, stating that the US should focus its attention on progress made in the north and east rather than criticizing Sri Lanka all the time.


Speaking to Daily Mirror online in response to the annual Human Rights report released by the US State Department, Defence Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated, “They (the US) have been making comments like this for the past four years, not just the US Government but other Human Rights groups too. They keep repeating these comments and I believe it’s just an exercise that keeps their organizations alive.”


The human rights report, which is critical of both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, declared that the government’s respect for human rights declined during the last stages of the war. The report goes on to cite that over the past year, human rights observers alleged that pro government paramilitary groups and security forces participated in armed attacks against civilians and practiced torture, kidnapping, hostage-taking, and extortion with impunity.


The report further claims the failure of appointing a Constitutional Council, ‘obstructed’ the appointment of independent representatives to important institutions such as the Human Rights Commission, Bribery Commission, Police Commission and Judicial Service Commission.


When questioned about these allegations, Minister Rambukwella concluded, “All we can say is that they should stop and take notice of the developments in the north and east. We are doing our part and will continue to do so.” (Daily Mirror online)
 
 

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  • Monday, 15 March 2010 04:28 AM

    Why do these bankrupt politicians who are fighting for survival always condemn the US.This in no way will help the poor voter who is struggling for survival with the COL sky rocketing.

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 09:26 AM

    DId Sri Lanka Governments ever respect human rights?? Politicians and police need to come clean first.

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:02 AM

    US... mind your own business !!!

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:16 AM

    Now only Sri Lankan government and the(Not) LTTE (Mahinda&co)!!!!

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 11:19 AM

    It is the usual gesture of these jokers to shrug off everything. The Human Rights report is spot on, but the government spokesman is just trying to draw a red herring across it.

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:18 AM

    Who cares US...It's a Bankrupted Country !.

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:21 AM

    Millions are Homeless, sleeping on streets & Unemployed in US.... try to something about it !

    Sunday, 14 March 2010 03:42 AM

    US at it again! They better reflect on war crimes and human rights infringements in Iraq and Afghanistan. That may better serve the humankind!

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:49 AM

    The condescending attitude or the self glorification approaches are not helpful in this type of situation. We need to analyze and respond to the US report. What is good for the local gullible electorate is not good enough for the international community.

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 08:53 AM

    Thanks for USA and the other international country’s at leas they have realize the suffering of Tamils in Sri lanka good job from Tamil Diaspora..

    Saturday, 13 March 2010 09:03 AM

    I don't want to comment anything on this as we Sri Lankans are sick of these comments by other countries.


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