Lanka Polity) Sri Lanka government that is rapidly alienating from West to build up close ties with China under President Mahinda Rajapakse, has initiated a new wave of anti-US rhetoric as elections are weeks ahead in President's home province.
The Sinhala Buddhist religion-nationalist National Heritage Party alias Jathika Hela Urumaya staged a radical demonstration before the US embassy in Colombo yesterday. Almost all the leaders of the party sans its political adviser and de facto ideological guru of the regime Patali Champika Ranawaka were present in the agitation.
U.S. officials called for a possible war crimes investigation for the last leg of the government's military operation to crush the decades long fight of the minority Tamils for an independent state in the northern and eastern parts of the island.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressing the UN Security Council, Wednesday, noted that rape has been used as a weapon of war in the Balkans, Burma, Sri Lanka and elsewhere and that in too many countries and in too many cases, the perpetrators of this violence are not punished, and so this impunity encourages further attacks.
Secretary to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights Rajiva Wijesinha speaking to Sri Lankan television Derana regarding Hillary Clinton's comment that rape was used as a tactic of war in Sri Lankasaid, "To my knowledge, this is not true and I have not come across such an allegation."
Wijesinha mocked Clinton stating that she "tends to make generalized statements, it is clear as she did the same during her campaign for Presidency against Barack Obama and we should take a leaf out of Obama's book and forgive her for this statement".