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.
Welcoming the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ reiteration of the need for international participation in the accountability mechanisms, the leader of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam highlighted that Sri Lanka had “stridently been backtracking on this most fundamental matter for a credible accountability process,
Several of Sri Lanka’s key commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council remain unfulfilled said Human Rights Watch during the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ oral update on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing resolution 30/1 on accountability and reconciliation.
Noting that Sri Lanka had ”at times backtracked on its commitments on the judicial mechanism for investigating war crimes and other serious rights abuses by both sides,
The Human Rights Council and OHCHR need to ensure that Sri Lank abides by the terms of Resolution 30/1, particularly on the need for international participation in any accountability mechanism, said People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL).
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is currently evaluating Sri Lanka for a threshold program that can potentially provide millions of dollars in assistance for economic reforms announced US Ambassador to Sri Lanka,