She testified before the LLRC, and pleaded with them to help locate her sister, also a widow and a mother of three who had been abducted by Iniyapaarathi, a cadre of the Karuna paramilitary group. Iniyapaarathi now holds the post of Ampaarai district coordinating officer of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse.
Poongoothai told the commission that she was also abducted and tortured with her sister, but managed to escape after 10 days, and how her sister was gang raped.
Despite Sri Lanka’s assurances that witnesses would be protected, her details were passed on to the law enforcement authorities.
“LLRC told me to attend the interview. I am afraid to attend it alone as I am fear of my security, people who gave me a hard time after testifying in front of LLRC are there”,
The LLRC come under criticism for being deeply “flawed”, not having the mandate to investigate human rights abuses and for not providing adequate witness protection. Commissioners were composed of Sri Lankan Government supporters and some even fell asleep while witnesses gave evidence.
The report from the LLRC will be submitted to Parliament and made public on Novermber 19th, according to President Rajapakse.
Former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres have refused to undergo ‘rehabilitation’ with the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) and asked to by tried in court instead, reports Colombo Page.
The appointment of former army commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka as a member of parliament sends “worrying signals on accountability” from both the Sri Lankan president and prime minister,
The US government will look to provide $31 million of assistance in strengthening governance, democratic reform, civil society and reconciliation efforts said the US Secretary of State John Kerry.