Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa urges Maithri to condemn CBK’s allegations
Posted on February 23rd, 2017

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

 Former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga’s allegations that war widows face sexual exploitation by members of the army among others should be condemned publically by President Maithripala Sirisena, former president and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

Issuing a statement, he said Ms. Kumaratunga’s allegations were a matter of grave concern and the Army’s statement rejecting these allegations did not carry any weight.

When a former president and commander-in-chief makes such a statement the person who should respond should be the current President and the Commander in Chief.  Therefore, as a former president and commander-in-chief, I urge the President to publicly condemn the statement made by Ms. Kumaratunga,” he said.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the government should also seriously consider whether Ms. Kumaratunga is fit to be the head of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) because she was using that position to tarnish the image of the armed forces of Sri Lanka.

Since Ms. Kumaratunga holds the position of head of the ONUR which functions under the Presidential Secretariat, the statements she makes goes to the world as the official position of the Sri Lankan government,” he said.

Mr. Rajapaksa said the rape and sexual exploitation of women in the war zone both during and after the war was one of the main unsubstantiated accusations made by two irregularly set up investigations against Sri Lanka within the UN system – the Darusman report of 31 March 2011 and the Navi Pillai/Zeid Al Hussein report of 16 September 2015.

The latter report had a whole chapter of about ten pages devoted to the subject of rape and sexual exploitation,” he said.

Now, with days to go for the 34th Sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, a former President of Sri Lanka and a former Commander in Chief of our armed forces says that our armed forces are sexually exploiting war widows in the north. What we have here is a former President echoing the accusations made by our enemies in what is obviously a deliberate attempt to vilify our armed forces on the eve of the UNHRC meeting,” he said.

3 Responses to “Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa urges Maithri to condemn CBK’s allegations”

  1. Kumari Says:

    We fully understand what Mr Rajapakse says. However, you can’t expect anything more from this government. This government was put in place by the enemies. As mentioned several times these Puppets have sold their soles to grab power. Chandra is a mother who was ashamed that her son is a Sri Lankan. I have doubts about the mental capacity of this son after her comments. Will a man/boy in his late twenties, who grew up in the west. call the mother crying after watching a film on tele.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Here is a PARA-GATHI former President, the Choura Rajina, defaming the Armed Forces she failed to protect snd lead to VICTORY even when she was President.

    Driven by INSANE JEALOUSY of those who CAN DO and DID DO this apology of a leader has become a TOOL of Western Neocolonialists and the Separatist Tamil Diaspora and is trying to DEMOLISH THE ACHIEVEMENTS of the MR/UPFA government.

    What a SHAME! Not even love of one’s own Motherland and one’s own long suffering People can prevent this JEALOUS WOMAN from getting her pound of flesh from those who have SUCCEEDED where she abjectlh FAILED!

    This is a classic example of IMMORAL UNPATRIOTIC behavior of an EGO-DRIVEN leader who demands honor and status based on HEREDITY and not on PERFORMANCE!

    Her REVERED long-departed PARENTS must be SQUIRMING in SHAME!

  3. Dilrook Says:

    This is utterly disgusting.

    She is trying to sell off the nation for Nobel Peace Prize. Then use it politically and financially to push her son to political stardom.

    Tamil war widows have a very high propensity to HIV infection. This is due to absence of anti-HIV education campaigns in the north and east due to war. The conservative Hindu society in the north and east didn’t allow sex education and contraception. Another reason is the uncontrolled movement of foreigners (including Tamil Diaspora people) some with dubious intentions into the north and east of the country during the war. LTTE used Tamil women as sex bribes on foreigners to gain media favours. STDs were widespread in Tamil refugee camps in both South India and Sri Lanka.

    Armed forces personnel have been made aware of this grave risk and they will not touch Tamil war widows even with a barge pole!

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