A Sri Lankan army contingent is leaving the island for UN peacekeeping duties in Lebanon, according to the army's website.
The 9th Sri Lanka’s Force Protection Unit (9 SLFPU) will join the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), replacing the 8th contingent, currently serving in the Levant.
A passing out parade was inspected by suspected war criminal Major General Jagath Dias at a ceremony in Kurunegala.
The deployment will be made up of 10 officers and 140 other soldiers from various regiments, including those which served in the armed conflict against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The army is accused of committing mass atrocities, including rape, torture and extrajudicial killings during the intense fighting, particularly in the final phase.
Sri Lankan troops were expelled from Haiti for sexually abusing children in 2007, with no prosecutions or punishments having taken place. 111 soldiers and 3 officers were repatriated back to Sri Lanka after being part of UN mission in Haiti and were accused of a string of sexual assaults, including rape of children as young as 7 years old.
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