"Now, reading the headlines, one might think that the use of rape as a tactic of war only happens occasionally, or in a few places, like the Democratic Republic of the Congo or Sudan,” Hilary Clinton said, addressing a session of the U.N. Security Council that was looking at rape in war.
“That would be bad enough, but the reality is much worse. We’ve seen rape used as a tactic of war before in
“In too many countries and in too many cases, the perpetrators of this violence are not punished, and so this impunity encourages further attacks," the
Premier Ratnasiri Wickremanayake fielded a number of questions on a SLBC program, including one to which he responded that Ms. Clinton should put “her house in order without trying to live in a glass house and pelt stones at others,” reported the Sunday Times.
The Prime Minister’s office later issued a statement based on Mr. Wickremanayake’s comments to SLBC. However, the references about Monica Lewinsky were left out. It only said that Ms. Clinton should put her house in order.
"We vehemently reject and condemn the irresponsible statement made by US State Secretary Hillary Clinton," the country's defense spokesman was quoted as saying in the state run Daily News.
The United States responded by lodging a “strong protest” to Sri Lanka over remarks by Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, on state radio.
Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary, South and Central Asian Affairs, had expressed ”great concern” over the remarks and wanted to know whether this was the official position of the Government of Sri Lanka.
It clarified that "numerous cases of rape and sexual violence in
However, the letter signed by Melanne Verveer, ambassador at large for global women's issues at the State Department said that "in the most recent phase of the conflict, from 2006 to 2009 ... we have not received reports that rape and sexual abuse were used as tools of war, as they clearly have in other conflict area around the world."
"We hope that this clarification puts the issue in its proper context," the letter said, adding that
"Secretary Clinton believes that
"The physical and emotional damage to individual women and their families from these attacks cannot be quantified nor can the toll on their societies," she said.
"The dehumanizing nature of sexual violence doesn't just harm a single individual or a single family or even a single village or a single group. It shreds the fabric that weaves us together as human beings. It endangers families and communities, erodes social and political stability, and undermines economic progress. We need to understand that it holds all of us back."