The Chairman of the Sri Lankan Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, says that none of the witnesses who appeared before the panel complained about the existence of torture chambers in the Lankan naval base at Trincomalee.
He was reacting to the observation of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances that they had seen a secret underground detention cum torture center in the Trincomalee naval base.
“The UN Working Group should have gone to these places un-announced. Given advance notice, witnesses are tutored by interested parties, ” Paranagama told on Friday.
“However, we are studying the UN group’s report and will issue a press release early next week,” the retired Lankan judge said.
When asked about the charge, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Mahishini Colonne, told the media on Thursday, that the government will study the report, rectify the faults and see that those do not occur again.
This proves that people were NOT one hundred present confident of complaining to Paranagama on War Crime but they were so desperate to find their next of skin who disappeared after being taken away by the Sri Lankan forces and White Vans run by Rajapaksha, hence risked their lives and complained to him so that they can find their loved once.
Paranagama knew that the witnesses who complain would be in trouble by the Sri Lankan forces and interested parties.
Threats and violence by government forces against Tamil witnesses, Tamil Politicians, Human Rights Activist, Journalists and judicial officers remain a serious concern to Tamils in Sri Lanka.
A former LTTE cadre, who was a key witness to an attempted murder in the North-East, has been found dead at his home in Mannar yesterday (20.11.2015). Father of three, Thanapalasingham Veerasingham, was found dead on the bottom of a swing at his home on Friday morning, shortly after he left to go fishing on Saturday morning. He was found with a saree wrapped around his neck, but was not hanging, reports TamilNet. The previous day, Mr Thanapalasingham saw a four-man squad carry out an attempted murder and had identified them to the Sri Lankan police in the area.
The President and Prime Ministers have repeatedly said that they will protect the government forces against there involvement in criminal activities (Raping, kidnapping, Killing…… ect) against Tamil civilians during the war against Tamils which are ‘War Crimes’ by international standard.