Médecins Sans Frontières have refuted comments made by Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that the organisation was allowed access in the final war zone in 2009, stating that despite repeated reuqests, access was denied.
Following comments made by the Defence Secretary to the Deccan Chronicle, MSF stated that in September 2008 they were issued a government directive asking them and other international organisations to leave Kilinochchi. They went on to state,
"Permission was sought from numerous ministries, including the Ministries of Health as well as Defense, but at no point was this request granted during the final stages of the conflict in late 2008 and 2009."
MSF also commented that it was only after May 2009 that they were able to provide assisstance in North Vavuniya and at an emergency field hospital in Menik Farm. They further clarified that "all of this activity was outside the battle zone".
Kilinochchi police reported that a 7 year old Tamil girl has been gang raped on her way to school earlier this week.
The girl was reportedly on her way to school when she was stopped by unidentified persons who went on to gang rape her in a public toilet.
She was subsequently admitted to a hospital in Kilinochchi and then later transferred to Jaffna Teaching hospital for further treatment.
The incident comes after the gang rape and murder of another Tamil school girl last month,
A “silent war” through the military occupation of Tamil land in Sri Lanka continues to seek “Sinhalese domination in former Tamil homelands,” found a report by a US think tank, the Oakland Institute.