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14 UN Staff detained behind barbed wires in Sri Lanka

April 23, 2009
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14 UN Staff detained behind barbed wires in Sri Lanka – UN lost control over War Savvy Sri Lankan Government

Independent investigations completed by War Without Witness confirms the below,

 

  • 14 UN Staff are currently detained in Sri Lankan Government barbed wire detention camps in Vavuniya  for more than 2 months ( ~ since 20th Feb 2009 )

  • All the below powerful UN Senior Management were well aware of this situation, but lacked will & courage to save their colleagues from this misery, despite multiple plea from detained staff, their family members & colleagues. All the detained staff are minority ethnic tamils and allege this as a racial discrimination by the UN Country Office in ColomboSri Lanka and UN Head Quarters.

    • OCHA Chief  – Mr John Holmes
    • UN expert on Internally Displaced – Mr Walter Kaelin,
    • UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for Sri Lanka – Mr Neil Buhne
    • UN Secretary General Bani Ki-moon’s Chief of Staff – Mr Vijay Nambiar

  • Detaining UN Staff for more than 2 months “without freedom of movement” is a violation of international law as UN staff have functional immunity. UN under the leadership of Ban Ki-moon lacks the will & courage to take action against Government of Sri Lanka against this injustice at least for the sake of their colleagues.
  •  List of UN Staff detained by Sri Lankan Government behind barbed wire detention camps in Vavuniya

 

No

Name of the UN staff

Name of the Agency

1

S.Suthaparan

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security – UNDSS

2

S.Elilkumaran

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security – UNDSS

3

G.Ramanan

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security – UNDSS

4

A.Visuvalingam

The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

5

S.Elenkeshwaran

The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

6

S.Balamohan

The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

7

R.Varatharajahan

The United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

8

S.Genka

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – UNOCHA

9

P.Mohan                     

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – UNOCHA

10

R.Viyarajakirshnan

The United Nations Office for Project Services – UNOPS

11

T.Ranjanthiran

The United Nations Office for Project Services – UNOPS

12

T.Thillaikkumaran

The United Nations Office for Project Services – UNOPS

13

S.Thavarasha

International Organization for Migration – IOM

14

S. Sivasundaram

The United Nations World Food Programme – UN WFP

 

“War Without Witness” will continue to report on the Genocide in Sri Lanka and if you have any evidences etc please email them to WitnessDesk@WarWithoutWitness.com

Executive Director,
War Without Witness

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