The United States has said 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 2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices published by the U.S. State Department stated that “The major human rights problems were unlawful killings by security forces and government-allied paramilitary groups, often in predominantly Tamil areas, which led many to regard them as politically motivated, and attacks on and harassment of civil society activists, persons viewed as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sympathizers, and journalists by persons allegedly tied to the government, which created an environment of fear and self-censorship.”
Releasing the report today at the State Department Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said these human rights reports United States Government makes clear to governments around the world that they are being watched.
"We are watching and we are holding you accountable," she said adding that the U.S. makes clear to citizens and activists everywhere: "You are not alone. We are standing with you."
The report also stated that “the Sri Lankan government prosecuted a very small number of officials implicated in human rights abuses but had yet to hold anyone accountable for alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law that occurred during the conflict.”
"Official impunity for a wide range of human rights abuses, particularly in cases of police torture, corruption, and attacks on media institutions, was a problem."
The report recognized that although enforced and involuntary disappearances continued to be a problem, the number of such disappearances appeared to have declined from previous years.
The Report recognized the government's plans to relocate and expand several prison facilities and its collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to modernize the prison system.
This is hypocrisy at it best. Though the US has a black president , blacks are discriminated in housing, jobs, education and all other facets of life in the USA. Talk to some of the educated blacks, they are still trying to get equality So Mrs. Clinton before you point the finger at others, put your house in order first and not be a spokesperson for the defeated terrorists who have taken refuge in the US. I can point out so many cases of abuse in the USA far worse than an civilized country in the world.
Wasantha Wijeardane Friday, 25 May 2012 06:57 PM
Not as bad as Chicago, still. I suppose.
citizen1 Friday, 25 May 2012 06:13 PM
Sadly the common citizen has been numbed/brainwashed and the outspoken have been undermined by a wicked force that would like to hold onto power.
citizen1 Friday, 25 May 2012 06:03 PM
Like Iran or North Korea??
rajajaja Friday, 25 May 2012 05:24 PM
What I can understand here is whoever did not like the US report says " we will do unlawful killings who are you to question"
kiribath Friday, 25 May 2012 05:14 PM
A BIG THANK YOU U.S. , butchering people has to stop.
Leslie Friday, 25 May 2012 04:58 PM
Hey uncle sam its best that you keep your comments to yourself. We do not listen to anyone as our Government does whats best for its citizens.
sara Friday, 25 May 2012 04:50 PM
When Bill & Monica were in business, who violated human rights??
Bill violated Monica's Human rights or, Monica did not allow Bill, his human rights.
Hilary can you please answer me. Thanks.
Bigfoot Friday, 25 May 2012 06:58 PM
A brillent idea to solve the human rights issues.
disa Friday, 25 May 2012 04:23 PM
Better to store democracy, Sri-Lanka situation is improving. it will not recover fully, big powers must influence then .we learn.little by little.
HKL Friday, 25 May 2012 03:23 PM
Here as sri lankan we have to admit truth. Our opposition ? No.Who come to rescue us ? it is happening here. why we get so angry & we should hit back US.? We will correct them. It is fortunate that somebody is guiding us. I feel soryy about Russians , Chinese as there is no one to talk about.
toosh Friday, 25 May 2012 03:05 PM
All these could be eliminated through withdrawal of our membership from UNCHR.
Pakistan is not the members of UNCHR and they do not worry about the human rights.
fm Friday, 25 May 2012 03:01 PM
what is us army killed afghan civilion and children recently they escaped with out trail in afghanstan
Bigfoot Friday, 25 May 2012 02:23 PM
Does it matter. In Sri Lanka all the problems are caused due narrow minded people talking of nationality, race,caste, religion etc. Time to wake up. Pinch yourself
Kumar Friday, 25 May 2012 01:15 PM
Yes, All killing should be carried out lawfully, as US did in Libya, Iran, Afghanistan.....
Mahinda Leelaratne Friday, 25 May 2012 01:08 PM
Hillary, Preach what you practise. How was your human rights record in Afganistan? and in Iraq? Whom are you trying to satisfy with these reports? Clearly it is LTTE and tamil Diaspora. Why do you want to spoil the name of a country for your personal benefits?
roger Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:23 AM
You brilliant commemorators who are so negative of US policy should understand that Bin larden was a global threat and his punishment was deserved and in Sri Lanka majority tamil Bro/ Sis or Ex LTTE carders should never be subjected to this kind of lawlessness by the GOSL and no justification could be ever given for HR violations.
jacoob Saturday, 26 May 2012 05:15 AM
Hey killing in sri lanka .. Hmm , alright .. but let us talking about killings in other parts first then come back to sri lank a.. how is that ...
Asoka Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:25 AM
Hillary forgot to mention her son in law's(Jew) country killing innocent unarmed civilians. Whole world knows this
MH Saturday, 26 May 2012 02:15 AM
USA can only tell Sri Lanka but they have no guts to say anything to China or India as they will not care a damn. Big foot looks either a tamil or married to a tamil for benefits.
R.Suntha Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:37 AM
Biggest problem is what to do with the excess personnel?Demobilize and offer alternative civil employment in the development activities as civilians with a disciplined background.
Mahinda Leelaratne Friday, 25 May 2012 01:05 PM
What is your natioanlity? or do you belong to any nationality?
AAMS.Hameed Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:17 AM
"USA" did you check your war crime committed in Iraq,Libya,Afghanistan,Pakistan,Yemen,Somali,Sudan ?
marina Saturday, 26 May 2012 01:15 AM
Both Sri Lanka and USA are guilty of extra-judicial killings. Here the pot calling kettle black!
Nigel K Saturday, 26 May 2012 12:41 AM
in USA 250 merders a day ! i was therelast month its a killing field. millions if teenagers are prgnant. many indian sri lankan girls have become prostitutes.
Peter Friday, 25 May 2012 11:29 PM
Now that the war against LTTE is over, and there is an excess of Troops here, why not send some to defend Afganistan against US ? Then we will get some badly needed foreign exchange too.
Gonnammba Friday, 25 May 2012 09:23 PM
shows that you are not a human being but one of us!!
Paths Friday, 25 May 2012 08:20 PM
the report is welcome; it sends a clear message to SL & its President that SL is being watched for its human rights abuses against Tamilsl. I pray GOD that Tamils will soon be able to live with self respect & dignity as equal citizens with devolved power that covers land & police for a merged N & East..
rajajaja Friday, 25 May 2012 08:02 PM
What an honest person you are, accepting people are being killed in Srilanka
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 09:48 AM
So does that allow us unlawful killings in the past, present and future?
jegan Friday, 25 May 2012 11:17 AM
Those who are defending the human right issues and bring in USA must for heaven sake try and clean up the continuing human right abuses in our country. Human right abuses is a fact and cannot be denied.
some one Friday, 25 May 2012 10:05 AM
Better you go there and ruled by them.
some one Friday, 25 May 2012 10:05 AM
Joke of the Century !!
Wicked Man Friday, 25 May 2012 10:05 AM
LOOK Who is talking?
How could US says this when they have blood on their hands.
who is going to talk about unlawful killing in Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other countries by US?
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 09:55 AM
For that we require leaders with humanity with conscience, belief in good governance, law and order, accountability, honest and without supremacist racist tendencies. The leader should call our national flag the Sri Lankan flag without refering it as Lion Flag. Can you find one leader in parliament who fits into this?
Nodrog Friday, 25 May 2012 09:55 AM
Buffaloa you have got your wires crossed. The US judges us by their standards and assume what is prevalent in their forces behaviour is same in our forces. Nothing has been proved against the SLarmy so till its proved suggest you stop talking like an actor in some cheap Tamil movie.
Raman Friday, 25 May 2012 09:53 AM
Well said , well done America...Why don't you rule the Srilanka.Then every one in Lanaka are very happy.
kumudu Friday, 25 May 2012 11:19 AM
Why only Tamil area's.
Nodrog Friday, 25 May 2012 09:43 AM
What a laugh... the woman who watched Bin laden being murdered talking to us about unlawful killings.
wot to do Friday, 25 May 2012 09:40 AM
And finally,like in South America heads of State,All heads of Security apparatus,from big to small will go to jail.
Hemantha Friday, 25 May 2012 09:33 AM
Mind your own business.First you see Afganisthan & Libiya.
warElephat Friday, 25 May 2012 09:34 AM
we must industrialize and become a considerable power in the world stage, economically, socially and militarily, it is only then that people will start treating us with respect. the us is becoming overly paternalistic and intrusive
Jinn Friday, 25 May 2012 09:23 AM
Look who is talking about unlawful killings.. and talking about Human Rights, does that so called Human Rights has in US ? Better practice Human Rights before it preaches.
buffaloa citizen Friday, 25 May 2012 09:23 AM
Thank you USA for doing things that the uncivilised shameless population of this country is unable to protest and make known to the State.
Bigfoot Friday, 25 May 2012 09:06 AM
What is have mentioned is the present state in Sri Lanka Thank you very much Madam for doing the duty of Sri Lanka's oppression.
nimp Friday, 25 May 2012 09:07 AM
We would like to see the country report for the US human rights and your comments also. Preacher heal thyself first
Ling Friday, 25 May 2012 11:21 AM
424 viewed this article n less than 25 click thumb or down which is not even 10 per cent. News itself has no impact. Sorry DM this time cannot pops.
Rohan Friday, 25 May 2012 11:21 AM
US - you can tell the world but we and the whole world is watching you and noting what US is upto. If there is human rights in one country, there should be human rights in US too. There shouldn't be one rule to one country and another rule to you, US. These are double standards and the whole world knows about it. Why don't you clean your back garden before pointing any fingures without knowing the facts. US your behaviour is despicable and no better words to state so!!
Dinithi Friday, 25 May 2012 11:24 AM
What about drones killing civilians in Pakistan and Afganistan? The level of hypocrisy shown is unbelievable.
kav Friday, 25 May 2012 11:27 AM
morning i read a news says russia supports sri lanka.. most of the comments says thank you russia... why no comments about russia's war crimes in chechnya and georgia? now US against Lanka and everyvody scolds USA.. have to to see both the sides guys... don't just thank or scold other nations.. always they are the one wins. we are in a glass house.
Mi Friday, 25 May 2012 11:44 AM
Please come and get few them to the hague
Ravi Friday, 25 May 2012 12:12 PM
What is the reason SL is now much worst off than 60 yrs ago?
Rangan Friday, 25 May 2012 12:19 PM
Hold on man,
Who is ruling us then?
I thought it is siblings with the American links.
Tell US not to bullshit with these report but to put their citizens here and Afganistan, Pakistan, Iran and elsewhere to respect human rights.
Rangan Friday, 25 May 2012 12:24 PM
They will give us the citizenship and send back here to rule.
kimp Friday, 25 May 2012 12:27 PM
dont be a fool nimp
Rangan Friday, 25 May 2012 12:34 PM
In Sri Lanka, we call this pinching the baby and rocking the cradle!
indi Friday, 25 May 2012 12:53 PM
Please worry about Srilanka.
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