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TNA MP calls for arrest of Mahinda Rajapaksa


Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran has called for the arrest of Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned from his post as Prime Minister earlier today following an outbreak of violence in Colombo. 

Mob attacks have broken out in Colombo today as anti-government protestors were attacked and security forces fired water cannons, with reports of further violence across the South of the island.

Armed troops have been deployed in Sri Lanka's capital with reports that pro-government supporters have also been attacked, as assaults were reported by both sides across the South.

Mahinda Rajapaksa, served as President during 2005 to 2015 while his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa served as Defence Secretary during which a litany of human rights violations took place. Both brothers have been accused of committing egregious war crimes during their tenure, particularly in the final days of the armed conflict, which saw the massacre of tens of thousands of Tamils. The UN has estimated 70,000 whereas local census records indicate at least 146,679 Tamils were killed.

In 2011, he was served a US court summons, under the US Torture Victim's Protection Act for extrajudicial killings. At the time the suit was dismissed as Rajapaksa was immune from litigation as a foreign head of state. 

After the Rajapaksa brothers came back into power in 2019 and 2020, their administration has used security and intelligence services to harass, intimidate, and intrusively surveil civil society groups, human rights defenders, and the relatives of victims of past abuses who have campaigned for truth and accountability. 



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