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UN for Probe on Sexual Violence

The United Nations has called on the Government to investigate allegations of conflict-related sexual violence, Ban Ki-moonincluding incidents said to have taken place during the post war period.

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, in a report to the UN Security Council, on conflict related sexual violence, said that in Sri Lanka, in the five years since the end of the armed conflict, the Government has committed to supporting the resettlement and reintegration of civilians displaced by the violence and has made considerable progress in this regard.

However, he said one of the major unaddressed issues is impunity for conflict-related sexual violence. He noted that the the Government has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on sexual and gender-based violence and committed to take stringent action in response to such crimes, including discharging and prosecuting offenders from the security forces.

However, the report by the UN Secretary General notes that there are indications that abduction, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence have increased in the post-war period. Notably, Tamil women and girls have reported sexual abuse in the context of the ongoing militarization of their areas of residence.


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