UN concerned over rape in Sri Lanka


04-11-2013zainabanguraThe United Nations (UN) has raised concerns over incidents of sexual violence during and after the war in Sri Lanka and has raised its concerns with the Sri Lankan Government.

Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict says she has had discussions with Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York Dr. Palitha Kohona on the issue.

“We both have agreed that we need to sit down and put in detail what needs to be done. But the most important thing we have said to them is for them to actually appoint a focal person to deal with this,” she said.

Responding to a question raised at a press briefing in New York yesterday Bangura said that she will also be having discussions on Sri Lanka with human rights lawyer and co-author of the UN Panel of Experts report on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, Yasmin Sooka next week.

In a report released last month Sooka had alleged that “abduction, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and sexual violence has increased in the post-war period” against Tamil people by Sri Lankan security forces and that there was “a prima facie case of post-war crimes against humanity by the Sri Lankan security forces, with respect to torture and rape and sexual violence.” (Colombo Gazette)

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