US cautions Sri Lanka against attempts to silence those cooperating with the United Nations (UN).

mahinda-190The United States (US) has cautioned Sri Lanka against attempting to silence those cooperating with the United Nations (UN).

Concerns have been raised in recent times over reports that Sri Lankan authorities are cracking down on anyone attempting to assist the UN led investigation on Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Keith Harper, the US Representative to the Human Rights Council, tweeted saying that Sri Lanka must understand that attempting to silence those cooperating with UN is an attack on the UN.

Yesterday the External Affairs Ministry had said that arrest of Sinnathamby Krishnarasa, a non-rehabilitated LTTE cadre, led to the discovery in his possession of blank forms containing signatures of persons affected by the conflict.

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris said in the statement that questioning Krishnarasa had led to the disclosure that he had been employed by Alva Pulle Vijendrakumar alias Sun Master, a close associate of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), to obtain signatures of those affected by the conflict on blank forms on the assurance that this exercise was for obtaining monetary compensation from the UN.

The Minister claimed that Krishnarasa  had also received instructions from Sun Master to collect death certificates and National Identity Card details of persons who had lost their lives during the last phase of the conflict and personal data of war widows and photographs of disabled persons.

Minister Peiris explained that Krishnarasa had revealed that the forms with signatures were to be completed with fabricated “eye witness” reports to be submitted to the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). He observed that these revelations point to several others having been employed and tasked with the collection of similar information to be presented to the OISL, particularly as Krishnarasa was in possession of a diary containing details of 400 persons who were missing, had died or been injured.

The External Affairs Minister expressed concern that there is evidence which indicates association between prominent personalities of the Tamil National Alliance and Sun Master. Further, he said that there are moves by Sun Master to seek asylum abroad.

The TNA has already denied any links with the suspect arrested or with any moves to issue blank forms to obtain statements for the UN led investigation. (Colombo Gazette)

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