While categorically rejecting the latest allegations by the United States in a report on human rights, the Sri Lankan military said it was yet another attempt to tarnish the image of the security forces.
“There are no unlawful killings taking place in Sri Lanka and also no paramilitary groups operating as mentioned in the report,” army spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said adding that the military personnel were in uniform and were carrying weapons legally.
Commenting on the unlawful killings and disappearances, the Brigadier said if anyone was able to prove those allegations they could forward them to the military at any time.
“We will investigate those complaints and take action where necessary,” he said.
Brigadier Wanigasuriya said recently some accused the military of killing a Canadian-Sri Lankan in Jaffna. “Police already arrested four people one of whom is an ex-Tiger. That is good example of what is happening,” he added.
The 2011 Country Report on Human Rights Practices published by the US State Department stated that, “unlawful killings by security forces and government-allied paramilitary groups are a major human rights problem in Sri Lanka, often in the predominantly Tamil areas.”
The SL Army is out of touch with reality. If a country is so highly militarized as Sri Lanka, and more so in the North, abductions of people in the North is not a figment of imagination.
Given these facts, these abductions take place with the tacit approval of the army, which can prevent it if they want, as the Govt. party paramilitaries are permitted to carry arms and the Army does nothing about it.
So is the Army saying it is happening but we are not involved as we just let them through!! Then their statement holds water!
Dammika Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:43 AM
Then, White van abductions and then killing the abducted persons, ARE LEGAL?
Renu Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:49 AM
Ruwan Waqnigasuriya People are more educated than you are of what is happening in the country especially in the North, Some day everybody will have to pay for it
basil Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:54 AM
Then who are there in white vans if not paramilitary groups of Govt?
BlindSide Saturday, 26 May 2012 04:19 PM
It is about time the US also address the issue of corruption in Sri Lanka.
Nodrog Saturday, 26 May 2012 06:35 AM
Then why don't you do your own investigations and prove to all, once and for all, that the allegations are not true and get these people off our backs???
HKL Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:21 PM
We know that standard answer is Big NO. What else you set up other mechnism to dealt with these alligations ?
ruwan Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:00 AM
US should clear its name from HR first before the talk SL
richardson Saturday, 26 May 2012 07:11 AM
Let Gen, Fonseka handle it.
Ram Perera Friday, 25 May 2012 09:54 PM
The spokes person has given the best example. The worst example is where the culprits were handed over to Police and later discharged without action. All those who suck up to the government will have to one day answer when this government is out of power. Ram
Kaputa Friday, 25 May 2012 11:49 PM
I think what the US is saying is that soldiers were sneak out at night and killed civilians--men women and children-- and burned those bodies, and collect civilian body parts as souvenirs, and urinate on the dead bodies. It just forgot to mention that these things were done by SL army in Afghanistan. Uncle Sam is confused these days.
John Saturday, 26 May 2012 12:28 AM
Army's name has already been tarnished. HR issues are well proved from how they arrested a Four Star General. If the Army behaved to its own boss a singhalese, how would they treat others.
BlindSide Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:26 AM
The standard response. We the ordinary citizens seems to know more.
Godaya Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:16 AM
How about Lalith and Kugan?
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