Sri Lankan politician criticizes U.S. human rights report

09:51, March 15, 2010      

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A senior politician from Sri Lanka's ruling coalition on Sunday criticized the United States over the U.S. State Department's 2009 Human Rights Report.

Wimal Weerawansa, the leader of the National Freedom Front, a member party of the ruling alliance told reporters that the U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka had provided wrong and distorted facts to the State Department.

"This was part of a sinister campaign to destabilize the country and pave the way for U.S. intervention here," Weerawansa said.

He said the main opposition United National Party and the leftist party JVP or the People's Liberation Front would benefit from the U.S. strategy in the forthcoming parliamentary election.

Referring to the annual Human Rights Report 2009 released by the U.S. State Department, Weerawansa said the United States had depicted Sri Lanka as a country run by the Rajapaksa brothers.

He said earlier a section of the international community had portrayed Sri Lanka as a Sinhala majority country but now they referred to the island as the Rajapaksa brothers'country.

Weerawansa said the United States had turned a blind eye to the atrocities of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam before it was defeated by the government troops in May 2009.

He alleged that defeated opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka had been fully backed by the United States and other interested parties aimed at changing the government in Sri Lanka.

A spokesperson from the U.S. Embassy in Colombo had denied Weerawansa's allegations, saying the embassy would reply the accusation later.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is also facing accusation of nepotism in the country as his three brothers are all holding senior government positions.

Source: Xinhua
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