Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Full steam ahead? German and Japanese navies hold exercises with Sri Lanka

Germany and Japan's navies held military exercises with Sri Lanka, just weeks after a Sri Lankan naval intelligence officer was banned from entry to the USA over his role in war crimes.

“Warm welcome on board FGS “Bayern” on first call port of German navy in Sri Lanka for many years!” tweeted France’s ambassador to Sri Lanka Eric Lavertu, after the German frigate arrived in Colombo last week.

The next day, two Japanese ships docked in Trincomalee.

“During these visits, ships’ crew members took part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy” said a military website. “Those engagements also helped exchange of best practices and experience among each other. Among the exercises worked off, Divisional Tactics (DIVTACS), Station Keeping and maneuvering exercises were chief.”

“An occasion to celebrate Sri Lankan cooperation with Germany and European Union countries on all maritime concerns,” Lavertu added in his tweets.

For Tamils however, the latest engagements are a cause for concern. The Sri Lankan armed forces stand accused of a host of human rights violations. Last month, a Sri Lankan naval intelligence officer was banned from entry to the USA, “for his involvement in gross violations of human rights”.

There have been growing calls for sanctions on Sri Lankan military officials from around the world, with a campaign launched in the UK last week.

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.

For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.