Sri Lanka: end impunity for human rights violations

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said last Tuesday that no one should be above the law, including members of the police or armed forces.  This follows a widely publicized incident last week in Sri Lanka:  two youths were arrested by the police on August 12 and their bullet-ridden bodies were discovered the next day.  The killings sparked public anger and riots against the police.  Several police officers have since been arrested in connection with the murders.

I dearly hope justice is done in this case and the killers held accountable.  But there remain thousands of cases of human rights violations by the Sri Lankan security forces, including the police, where no one has been prosecuted or convicted.  The recent Amnesty International report on presidential commissions of inquiry in Sri Lanka details the government’s failure to deliver justice for serious human rights violations for decades.  I hope President Rajapaksa’s recent statement will lead to a serious, sustained effort by the Sri Lankan government to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice at last.  The ongoing impunity enjoyed by the security forces for past violations must end.

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12 thoughts on “Sri Lanka: end impunity for human rights violations

  1. President Rajapaksa,

    I am from vancouver,canada and im concerned about how the Tamal people in Sri Lanka are been treated.They should be allowed to live where ever they wants to and all political prisoners should be set free.At the present time there are thousands of Tamal people living in prison camps similar to the consentration camps that were in nazis Germany during the second world war.This is deplorable for people to have to go through this day in age.There should be a stop to this atrocity immediately.

    Stan Squires

  2. President Rajapaksa,

    I am from vancouver,canada and im concerned about how the Tamal people in Sri Lanka are been treated.They should be allowed to live where ever they wants to and all political prisoners should be set free.At the present time there are thousands of Tamal people living in prison camps similar to the consentration camps that were in nazis Germany during the second world war.This is deplorable for people to have to go through this day in age.There should be a stop to this atrocity immediately.

    Stan Squires

  3. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  4. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  5. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.

  6. Horrific pictures of torture, rape and murder of female combatants who surrendered to brutal Sri Lankan Army
    http://www.warwithoutwitness.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=226:sri-lankan-army-war-crime-evidence-photo-srilankan-army-sexually-abusing-tamil-female-combatants-during-bloody-blood-bath-on-vanni-beaches&catid=40:photo

    SriLankan Army Sexually Abusing Tamil Female Combatants during bloody blood bath on vanni beaches on mid may 2009. These photos have been shot by Sri Lankan Army soldiers by Mobile Cameras ( K310i , W2001 and 5300 ) and released in a local sri lankan website as part of Sri Lankan Army Victory Campaign. These collection of photographs & Videos covers different incidents and different victims. The common thread among them is the sexual violence that had been practiced as a war strategy by Sri Lankan Government. It is clear evidence that sexual violence was a tool in the genocidal war and constitutes a war crime.