(Security Force Headquarters East)
The Sri Lankan military organised an awareness programme on traffic law to students of the Methodist Tamil School in Pothuvil earlier this week.
The lecture was delivered by a police officer from Pothuvil police station, and army officials and teachers of the school were also present.
The military’s ongoing involvement in Tamil affairs almost 6 years after the end of the armed conflict has been widely condemned by Tamil politicians and activists, with numerous calls for the new president, Maithripala Sirisena to demilitarise the North-East.
Addressing the UN Human Rights Council last month, Sri Lanka foreign affairs minister, Mangala Samaraweera said:
“Just days after assuming office, the President replaced the former military governors of the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country with two senior former civil servants. This set in motion the process of strengthening civilian administration in these provinces including the cessation of military involvement in civilian activities, review of high-security zones and releasing land for resettlement of the internally displaced.”