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Sri Lanka accused of rape at UN Sub Commision on Human Rights
The International League for the Rights and Liberation of Peoples in an intervention under Agenda Item on Question of the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms accused Sri Lanka authorities of rape at the 52nd Sessions of the UN Sub Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in August 2000. The NGO with consultative status at the UN said:
"Rape is a ... very serious concern. On July 7 last, Mr. Pararajasingham, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) MP for Batticaloa, read out a letter written to the Sri Lanka's National Human Rights Commission by a seventy year old woman of Neervely in Jaffna who was raped and robbed by Sri Lankan army personnel on May 31. The MP said he was bringing the letter to the attention of the house as the matter had been suppressed under the censorship. Furthermore residents in Mannar reported on June 19 that Sri Lankan police officers in Sinnakadai area in Mannar have attempted to rape women in the nearby areas after forcibly opening the doors at night. They added that sex-related abusive incidents have worsened. Sources said the residents who number around 100 families are seriously considering to relocate to a safer area soon.
Let's recall that the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, in a letter dated 13 March 2000 had already expressed her concern about political violence affecting women in the south of the country, saying that she was particularly dismayed by the incidence of gang rape and murder of women and girls by Sri Lankan soldiers which continued unabated further expressing the hope these violations would have been thoroughly investigated and prosecuted in a manner consistent with international human rights standards..."