Eight years after the war ended, people are increasingly coming forward to give horrific accounts of camps where they say they were tortured and gang-raped.
One Tamil woman said in testimony shared with the AP that she was kidnapped by masked men in plain clothes and taken blindfolded and gagged to what she thought was an army camp.
"If a soldier has raped a woman, he should be court martialed, no doubt about it. Allegations are just allegations." Dias led an army division whose troops were accused of attacking civilians and bombing a church, a hospital and other humanitarian outposts in 2009, during the fierce last months of Sri Lanka's civil war.
She was held for about two months, and repeatedly raped.
"I don't think that was a good decision," Dias said. The enhanced vetting now looks at whether Sri Lankans recruits were attached to any battalions or contingents linked with alleged war crimes. "I would not want to comment on those who have been rejected, but yes — we have a strong policy of screening," Khare said. "My understanding was it was the misbehavior of a few individuals." Tamil lawyer K. Ratnavale, who recently argued for a rare conviction of three soldiers for gang rape, said prosecuting members of Sri Lanka's popular military is often impossible due to victim intimidation, a lack witnesses and poor evidence collection. recently lauded Sri Lanka for its "best practices" after the country agreed last year, under pressure from the U. Department of Peacekeeping Operations, to a onetime payment of ,243 for a girl fathered by a Sri Lankan commander stationed in Haiti.
After months of stalling, Sri Lanka finally acknowledged in a statement to the AP that its military had acted against just 18 soldiers implicated in the sex ring, and said that the U. "Does it mean that we succeed in the screening 100 percent of the time? "We are shocked that the United Nations is encouraging these undisciplined and ruthless soldiers and deploying them in their peacekeeping force," Ratnavale said. Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi, who signed the payment order last summer, told the AP he knew little about the paternity payment, or whether there had been any other such claims on Sri Lankan peacekeepers.
She described another of her tormentors, who was brought into the room she shared with four other girls.
"He was asked to take his pick," she told the International Truth and Justice Project, which issued a 57-page report in March documenting the alleged torture or rape of 43 people, some as recently as December. And took me to another room and raped me." She identified him from a series of photographs of soldiers. The woman asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution. "The only ones who offered soldiers were the Sri Lankans," he said. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009, was one of many officials who pressed the Sri Lankan government for more transparency about the war crimes allegations.
Dias didn't talk to the accuser, he told The Associated Press, nor did he interview medical staff who examined her.