US says no credible probe by Sri Lanka

US says no credible probe by Sri Lanka

October 8, 2019 azwnolxx 0

Responding to a question posed at the daily State Department press briefing, Ventrell said that the US government is also reviewing the report on Sri Lanka released by Human Rights Watch. “So we’re reviewing this lengthy and extensive report. I understand we just got it a day or so ago. But we do note our strong concern about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka. And to date, the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assault. So we’re reviewing this particular report, but you know where we’ve been in terms of human rights in Sri Lanka and our really deep concerns,” the State Department Acting Deputy Spokesperson said. The United States says the Government of Sri Lanka has not initiated a full, credible, or independent investigation into longstanding allegations of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, including sexual assaultPatrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said that the US has strong concerns about human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka The government has however rejected the report. (Colombo Gazette) The report by Human Rights Watch, released this week, provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka.In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.

 

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