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Conduct investigations into abductions

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Mano urges the government

The government is vested with the responsibility to conduct credible investigations into human rights violations allegedly carried out islandwide by the security forces during and after the war, Convener of Civil Monitoring Commission (CMC) and former Parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan said on Friday.

Ganeshan pointed out that investigations launched by the government on forced abductions islandwide, the killing of five students in Trincomalee in 2006, and the murder of 17 aid workers in Muthur had not yielded results. “All these actions point at the security forces. But investigations have stopped halfway,” Ganeshan said.

The military while denying involvement in any of the incidents said the matters were probed.
Military Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya however said the Army had ‘absolutely no reason’ not to punish any of its own should they be implicated in any abduction, be it by white van or otherwise.
Wanigasooriya noted all abductions were ‘criminal acts’ that must be investigated by the police. He expressed confidence that the police were capable of investigating these incidents.

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