"A suspected war criminal is the wrong person to conduct an investigation into alleged crimes committed by a peacekeeper," said Andreas Schuller of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, a Berlin-based group that helped launch the complaint. officials with military records and personal information dating back to 2005 for all soldiers it plans to send on missions so they can be screened by the U. The government has consistently refused calls for independent investigations into its generation-long internal conflict, marked by widespread reports of rape camps, torture, mass killings and other alleged war crimes by its troops. This is a pattern repeated around the world: Strapped for troops, the U. draws recruits from many countries with poor human rights records for its peacekeeping program, budgeted at nearly billion this year. Congolese troops, for example, also have been accused of rape, torture and killings during the longstanding war in their country; as peacekeepers, they have faced allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation. If they themselves are guilty of atrocities, clearly they are not suitable candidates for peacekeeping operations." Eight years after Sri Lanka's war ended in 2009, people who have fled the country are increasingly coming forward to give horrific accounts of camps where they say they were gang-raped.
It wasn't the first time that accusations against Sri Lankan peacekeepers were swept aside. investigators, the Sri Lankan military repatriated 114 of the peacekeepers, but none was ever jailed. spokesman said Friday that the screening process with Sri Lankan recruits was a work in progress. An AP investigation last month found that, in the past 12 years, an estimated 2,000 such allegations have been leveled at U. One woman said in testimony shared with the AP that she was kidnapped by masked men, taken to what she believes was an army camp, and repeatedly raped.
Despite those unresolved allegations, the UN has deployed thousands of peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.
This is a pattern repeated around the world: Strapped for troops, the UN draws recruits from many countries with poor human rights records for its peacekeeping programme, budgeted at nearly 8 billion US dollars this year.
When a Haitian teenager alleged that she had been raped and sodomised by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper, the government in Colombo dispatched a high-ranking general suspected of war crimes to lead the investigation.
Following the government victory over the Tamils, civil society began to mend.
In Australia, under the White Australia policy, immigration was negligible.
It resumed after the Second World War primarily involving migration of Burghers, who fulfilled the then criteria that they should be of predominantly European ancestry and that their appearance should be European.
The number of expatriate workers have been ever growing as well as the remittances they send back.
In 2009 Sri Lankans sent home US.3 billion a US0 million increase from the year before.