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.
Sri Lanka’s Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne complained that the ‘LTTE diaspora’ misled some of the country delegates in attendance at last month’s Commonwealth summit in the country.
45 Tamil women that have been enlisted into the Sri Lankan army were taken on tour of ‘key’ places in the south of Sri Lanka.
The Defence Ministry described the process of introducing the Tamil women to ‘key places’ as part of reconciliation with the Tamil community.
The Sri Lankan army headquarters in Vanni,
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague reiterated at the House of Commons today, that if the Sri Lankan government failed to show credible progress on addressing human rights issues before the Human Rights Council meeting in March,