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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Fear grips Jaffna says British Refugee Council publication
THE Civil Rights Movement of Sri Lanka (CRM) expressed concern in late November over grave human rights violations in the Jaffna peninsula and called for speedy action to punish those responsible. CRM’s statement follows a string of allegations of rape and murder. Currently 17 soldiers are in police custody for the rape and murder of Krishanthy Kumarasamy and Rajani Velayuthapillai in September.
Reports say ten year-old Atchuveli student Selvarajah Thenuka was raped by soldiers on 12 November. The Army has denied the allegations. Six days later the bodies of six people arrested by the Army in early October were recovered from a grave at Eluthumadduval in Thenmaratchy.
TULF leader M Sivasithamparam says in a mid-November letter to President Chandrika that three soldiers killed a man in Thenmaratchy and afterwards raped and murdered his daughter. Torture in custody is reportedly widespread and at least two people have committed suicide after summons from the Army.
Tamil MP Joseph Pararajasingham alleges in his letter to President Chandrika in late November that around 300 Jaffna civilians arrested have disappeared in the last three months and has provided details of 24 people. (British Refugee Council Publication Sri Lanka Monitor, November 1996)