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LTTE seeks outside monitors as Lanka denies rights violations

The LTTE asks the EU to condemn the Lankan government and demands international monitoring of human rights violations, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2007 16:39 IST
PK Balachandran

The LTTE on Monday demanded international monitoring of human rights violations in Sri Lanka as the Mahinda Rajapaksa government denied the charges and said that those making such allegations were doing so only to bring disrepute to President Rajapaksa, his government and the country.

The LTTE's demand and the government's denial were voiced in the context of the European Parliament's public hearing on post-tsunami reconstruction and the human rights situation in Sri Lanka at Brussels on Tuesday.

The LTTE asked the EU to condemn the Sri Lankan government for its rights violations and suggested that it get the government to allow international monitors.

It described the institutions set up by the Sri Lankan government as "meaningless exercises" and said only international monitoring would guarantee human rights in Sri Lanka.

The LTTE's Peace Secretariat said in a release that the European Parliament should have invited a Tamil representative to hear the case of the victims of human rights violations by the Sri Lankan government, but it had not.

UN CONDEMNS RED CROSS WORKERS' KILLING

The UN Secretary General, Ban-Ki-moon, on Monday condemned the killing of two Sri Lankan Red Cross workers last weekend.

"The Secretary General is deeply concerned about the security of civilians and aid workers in Sri Lanka and reminds all parties in the country that aid workers have a right to protection at all times."

Shanmugalingam (36) and Chandramohan (27), two ethnic Tamils from the Eastern war-torn district of Batticaloa, were abducted from a railway station in Colombo on Friday by men calling themselves police. Their bodies with gunshot wounds were found in Kiriella in Ratnapura district, the next day.

CHARGES MOTIVATED

While asking the police to investigate the killing, President Rajapaksa reiterated the government's oft-repeated contention that such incidents were being created by interested parties to blacken the image of his government in the eyes of the international community.

A statement from the Presidential Secretariat said on Monday that itwas significant that the abduction of the Red Cross workers should take place at a time when the President was meeting the kin of people who had disappeared or had been abducted.

The release further pointed out that the abduction and killing of the Red Cross workers had taken place just a few days before the European Parliament's public hearing on the right situation in Sri Lanka.

Earlier, it was alleged that an armed group close to the government had attacked an anti-government newspaper office in Jaffna, a day prior to the international press freedom day. The government had then said that it was unbelievable and asked: "Would any government do such a thing?"