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Sri Lanka: Sind Minen zur Verteidigung militärischer Komplexe nötig?

Entgegen massiver nationaler und internationaler Bestrebungen, Sri Lanka zu einem Beitritt zu den Konventionen gegen Minen und Streubomben zu bewegen, hat der Verteidigungsminister des asiatischen Landes behauptet, Minen seien notwenig, um militärische Einrichtungen zu schützen - auch wenn diese in dicht bevölkerten Gebieten liegen. (auf Englisch)

Ein Junge sitzt auf einer Schaukel - er hat eine Prothese.

Sathiyakumar verlor im Alter von fünf Jahren ein Bein wegen eines explosiven Kriegsrestes © Deshan Tennekoon / Handicap International

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Karunasena Hettiarachchi has recently made statements to the media regarding the use of landmines in the protection of military camps in post-war Sri Lanka. In a related statement, he also said that there is no link between reconciliation and Sri Lanka’s acceding to humanitarian disarmament conventions such as the Mine Ban Treaty.

The Government of Sri Lanka has declared “National Integration and Reconciliation Week” from 8th to 14th January 2017 on the eve of completion of the President’s second year in office. The above statements were made by the Secretary of Defence when the media inquired about the importance of Sri Lanka’s accession to the Convention on the Cluster Munitions (CCM) and Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) during the declared week.

The Secretary’s statement creates serious questions on the sincerity and genuineness of the Sri Lanka’s ongoing reconciliation programme; particularly at the end of the second year of Presidency of Maitripala Sirisena government’s theme of “good governance.” Concerned parties have criticized and denounced these moves by the government. In the month of August 2016, the Sri Lanka Campaign to Ban Landmines sent a petition to President Sirisena asking for accession to both the CCM and MBT in post-war Sri Lanka without a delay; this petition was signed by former diplomats and senior government officials, academia, civil society, ex-military officials, mine-action operators and the business community.

Weiterlesen: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/post-war-sri-lankas-use-of-landmines-creates-serious-questions/

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