Mar 23 () : Sri Lankan Army men have engaged in horrific and shocking incidents of kidnaps, illegal detentions, torture of Tamil men and have unleashed sexual violence on Tamil women recruits, even after five years after the bloody civil war ended in 2009, as revealed by a new report.
The report titled, “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, 2009 – 2014″ produced by human rights lawyer Yasmin Sooka, the UK Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and the International Truth & Justice Project lays thread-bare the shocking and ghastly torture that the Tamil women recruits have endured at the hands of perverted Sri Lankan Army men as recently as February 2014.
The report is based on statements collated from 40 victims and supplemented by medical and psychiatric examination findings.
Their reliable accounts have been documented by nine independent lawyers from Western and Asian countries,who themselves had been quite shaken up and disturbed to hear such atrocities borne by the victims.
Some of the victims recall being taken away in the notorious ‘white vans’ and the dumped in dark cells where they were subjected to repeated inhuman torture and brutal sexual assaults.
Some of the men and women describe being raped orally and subjected to forced penetration. Having undergone appalling psychological shock and damage, 19 of the 40 people interviewed had attempted suicide, post leaving Sri Lanka.
The authors of the report have urged the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the Special Rapporteur on Torture to schedule a visit to Sri Lanka and commence a special inquiry into sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan Army and have also called on the UN Secretary General to establish an international inquiry to investigate violations by Sri Lankan Army men.
Meantime, in a rare admission of crime, the Sri Lankan Army has admitted their soldiers had abused and harassed Tamil recruits in gross violation of military discipline.
Speaking on the authenticity of a video leaked by a dissident website in Sri Lanka, military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya said in a statement that the video in question is authentic.
The latest video came a week before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was due to deliberate on a US-led resolution pressing for an international investigation into allegations of rights abuses and crimes unleashed by Sri Lankan troops when they put 40,000 civilians to death in a no-fire zone.
(Courtesy: aljazeera.com & srilankaguardian.org)