UN takes note of claims made against Sri Lankan Army

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - MARCH 11: UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric speaks during the press conference at UN headquarters in New York, United States, on March 10, 2014. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

Allegations were raised yesterday that several Sri Lankan men had been tortured while the current Government was in office.

Courtesy: Colombo Gazette