UN takes note of claims made against Sri Lankan Army

The United Nations (UN) says it will take note of allegations made against the Sri Lanka Army.

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General said this in response to a question raised on new allegations accusing the Army of being involved in torture.

The UN was asked what action is taken to ensure troops involved in UN peacekeeping operations are not involved in torture since Sri Lankan troops are part of the UN peacekeeping mission.

“As a matter of course, there is screening done in partnership with DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations] and DFS [Department of Field Support] on ensuring that none of the troops that are committed to UN peacekeeping have any human rights abuses, allegations or issues hanging over their head.  So, that’s a screening process,” Dujarric said.

Alleagtions were raised yesterday that several Sri Lankan men had been tortured while the current Government was in office. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. UN should have real experts in screening.

    “In November 2007, 114 members of the 950 member Sri Lankan Army peacekeeping mission in Haiti were accused of sexual misconduct and abuse.[1] 108 members, including 3 officers of the 950-member-strong Sri Lanka peacekeeping contingent, were sent back after being implicated in alleged misconduct and sexual abuse.[3]
    Officials in Haiti have said that UN peacekeeping soldiers from Sri Lanka who had been accused of sex crimes in 2007 had even raped children as young as 7 years old.[4][5][6][7] The UN released a report slapping the Sri Lankan contingent with accusations of building a brothel in Martissant, Port-au-Prince charging them with systematic sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of minors, prostitution and rape.[7] “In exchange for sex, the children received small amounts of money, food, and sometimes mobile phones,” reported the OIOS, the UN’s investigative arm.[8]”

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