UNHRC calls for investigation on Karuna over recruitment of child soldiers

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has called for an investigation on former Leader of the LTTE Karuna Amman over the recruitment of child soldiers for the LTTE.

The UNHRC made the appeal in connection to the ongoing investigation on Karuna Amman over his recent statement glorifying the killing of troops during the war.

“We note that #Karuna, former LTTE commander & Government minister, is being questioned for alleged past crimes. He should also be investigated for wholesale recruitment of child soldiers, a crime under int’l law. “ the UNHRC Tweeted.

It added that accountability should apply to everyone in Sri Lanka.

On 19 May, addressing a public gathering in the East, Karuna Amman had stated that he was more dangerous than the Coronavirus as he had killed between 2000- 3000 troops in Elephant Pass during the war.

Following his revelation, a number of individuals, including politicians, had called for Karuna’s arrest and an investigation to be launched into the matter.

Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C. D. Wickremeratne had thereafter ordered the CID to immediately launch an investigation.

As part of the investigation, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday (25) recorded a statement from Karuna Amman for over 7- hours.

Speaking to reporters after recording his statement, Karuna Amman said he did not state anything wrong or to offend any person.

“This issue has arisen due to the actions of certain media. I love the people of this nation. We are conducting an election campaign free of racism and violence. I only reminded the public of an incident that happened in the past. It is pointless making it an issue. A big debate has arisen on the subject in order to reduce the Sinhala votes of the current Government. We are contesting as an independent Tamil party. We will not do anything to harm another political party leader or religious leader. Likewise I will not disrespect the Sri Lanka Army. The Military protects the public. Therefore, I respect the Army.” he further said. (Newswire)

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