18 November, 2019

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The Person Who Exposed EPDP’s Child Prostitution Was Abducted And No Information So Far

The person who gave information to US Embassy about the EPDP ‘s child trafficking rings in Jaffna was abducted on May 07, 2009 and since then, no information has been obtained concerning him.

He told US Embassy Colombo on March 26, 2007; “The children are sold into slavery, usually boys to work camps and girls to prostitution rings, through EPDP’s networks in India and Malaysia. Sunthararaj maintains that children are often smuggled out of the country with the help of a corrupt Customs and Immigration official at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.”

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa

“Sunthararaj’s story was partially verified by Government Agent Ganesh, who stated that the EPDP works in concert with the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to operate Tamil prostitution rings for the soldiers. Ganesh stated that young women were taken and forced to have sex with between five and ten soldiers a night. Sometimes they are paid approximately a dollar for each “service.” The young women’s parents are unable to complain to authorities for fear of retribution and because doing so would ruin the girls’ reputation, making it impossible for them ever to marry” the US Embassy Colombo informed Washington.

Stephen Sinnavan Sunthararaj was the Project Manager at the Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), well known for documenting cases of child abuse in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

The Amnesty International said;  “On 7 May 2009, Stephen Sunthararaj was abducted by five men whilst travelling in his lawyer’s car in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. He had been released without charge from police custody a few hours beforehand and has not been heard from since. Amnesty International fears that he has been subjected to enforced disappearance because of his work at the Centre for Human Rights and Development in Colombo.”

On February 12, 2009, members of the Special Task Force (STF) tried to force Sinnavan Stephen Sunthararaj into a van as he was leaving his office. A nearby police officer and a colleague were able to prevent the STF members from taking Sunthararaj. The STF officers then requested that the police officer take him to the Kolpity police station where he was formally detained on the basis of a two-month detention order, without charge.

On May 7, 2009, the day of his release, he has been abducted by armed men. While Sinnavan Sunthararaj Stephen and his wife returned from Kolpity police office by car, two people on a motorcycle blocked their way. Meanwhile, a van stopped near the car. Five armed men in army uniform alighted of the van, opened the door of the vehicle in which Sunthararaj was travelling, bundled him into the van and sped off.

The abduction occurred in a busy and crowded street. Sunthararaj’s wife has identified one of the perpetrators of the abduction as one of the Criminal Investigation Department officers who had previously visited her home for inquiries while her husband was held at Kolpity police station. However, no investigation was initiated.

In December 2009, the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Palitha Kohana, had revealed at a meeting with United States Embassy and European Union officials that Sunthararaj had not been abducted but arrested, probably by intelligence services. Since then, Sunthararaj’s wife has been writing to the Office of the President of Sri Lanka, urging him to reveal Mr. Sunthararaj’s place of detention, and calling for his immediate release. She has still not received any response, in spite all her efforts.

US Department of State’s 2011 Country report on Sri Lanka noted; “There was no progress in solving the 2009 disappearance of Stephen Sunthararaj, project manager at the Center for Human Rights and Development. Sunthararaj was held by police without charges beginning in February of that year and was abducted by four persons in a white van wearing army uniforms shortly after he was released on a court order.”

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    and Heads of Commonwealth are going to shake the blood stained hands of these Sinhal thugs

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      yeah – and will eat the blood-soaked food!

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      Like the pic. the “KINGSBURY lifestyle” of King Gota the Goon and the Rajapassa brothers and their off spring’s musicle sunsets at the former Intercontinental Hotel – now owned by Dhammka Perera, casino king and the Rajapassa brothers and sons!

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    Curious to see if this case has been raised in the parliament by the opposition. If not, no wonder people flock around visiting UN officials to raise their concerns. If Palitha gave a confirmation that it was an arrest, not an abduction, I hope he will stick to his word unlike the de-facto chief Justice’s “God Knows” type crap. Use that as an affidavit to hold the law enforcement authorities responsible for finding out his whereabouts. Most importantly, people will see to it that EPDP does not continue this kind of barbarism after the election.

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    EPDP is way better than TNA.

    [Edited out]

    @Fathima Fukushima – Please submit your comment with evidence – CT

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      I have given links in another related post.

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      Fatima Fukushima and Avtars,

      “@Fathima Fukushima – Please submit your comment with evidence – CT”

      Can you please provide evidence or credible evidence for the following, as well.

      1. The Grandfather of the Legendary King Vijaya Myth was a lion and the lion married a human. It is cited in the Mahawamsa Myths, but need credible evidence. We have also heard that the grndfather of Vijaya was a dog,could not find references or any evidence.

      May be DNA testing of the Sinhala as well as Tamils may reveal the truth.

      2. The Buddhist monks self-appointed themselves as the Third Gem of Buddhism, the Triple Gem. Please provide evidence and credible references in support of the “Triple Gem”

      It is really hard to believe the Monks the Sangha are considered “A Gem” by the Buddhist Laymen, the Upasakas and Upasaka Ammas in Sri Lanka. Why? The Monks commit crimes, such as kill Prime Ministers, lead riots to kill people, destroy property, participate in hate campaigns, abuse children, especially boys and rape women as well, nor condone by the Tipitaka, the Triple Basket.

      3. There are claims, mythical claims of achieving Nirvana, Nibbana, Rebirth and Samsara. Do you have any credible evidence for that,not just belief.

      We all know that people believe, and some people still believe that the Sun goes around a stationary, Earth, but was found not to be true.

      @Fathima Fukushima – Please submit your comments with evidence – Amarasiri.

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      Looks like you are a good customer of EPDB. Keep enjoying. Do you earn money too?

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      [EPDP is way better]
      Why did they pay you more than a dollar?

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      Fathima:

      “EPDP is way better than TNA.”

      Oh yes, I understand what you are talking about. You mean in the sense that the leader of EPDP has been charged for alleged murder in a neighbouring country and he is dead scared to step foot in that country now?

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    It is really sad that the opposition is silent on this and so many other issues. What is being done by private individuals, ngo’s and foreign media, even a fraction is not being done by the opposition. Before they talk about the cost of living, please ensure peoples rights and stand up against injustice. People are not impressed with these one night stands on election platforms.

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    Horror land. If you speak out, you are abducted and disappeared, if you don’t, you are an acolyte of the tugs who rule Sri Lanka

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    Trishantha…….. You are right. The TNA has failed to raised this issue in Parliament todate. You Trish, just focus on what you know best instead of attempting to be a Jesus christ or a Buddha.
    Keep your crap to yourself.
    We can manage our affairs from Thondamanaru. Do you know, heard or visited there? If not, this is the area we did karaveddy business with Sinhala mudalalis for generation of years. LTTE ruined all that for us.
    And also it is the place where Uma Maheshwaran use to take boat to India in the late 70s’ & early 80’s.

    And foe the Heads of Commonwealth, oh! they too have had blood in their hands long before Sri lanka thugs and to them it is a simple matter.

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    “…….abducted by four persons in a white van wearing army uniforms shortly after he was released on a court order”

    Real Owner of this White Van Co. is our Sri Rohana Manaranjana, Saddrmadveepa Chakrawathi, 3 Singhaladeeshwara. Grease Piya is the Managing Director of the White Van Company. Contact them for more Information.

    Reason for his disappearance is revealing Very Important National security Information to the enemy.

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      Because, then everybody will talk what TNA has done.

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        My best friend Jim softy says “Malle Pol” but I did not ask you “Yanne Koheda”

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    ?? in short, the Sri Lankan Army, customs and immigration departments are just a bunch of pimps !!

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    Is there any reason why GoRa’s picture shown here?
    :-)

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      what ever happens in Sri Lanka it is Rajapaksa’s’ fault.

      TNA Manifesto is Rajapakse’s’ fault.

      LTTE is sinhala fault.

      christians and Muslims are busy building churches and mosques and converting. that is rajapaksa’s, BBS.s and sinhala buddhists fault.

      what ever others did all in the name of democracy. Even LTTE’s 30 year killing spree is for a cause.

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        Jim softy

        “what ever happens in Sri Lanka it is Rajapaksa’s’ fault. TNA Manifesto is Rajapakse’s’ fault.”

        Therefore MR should pass a law which should ban drafting of manifesto by party officials. Instead, a new department should be created which should be entrusted with the responsibilities of drafting manifestos for all parties.

        Weerawansa is more than qualified to run this department under his ministry. You can jointly head the department along with Austin Fernando,…………and another hundred of others who have nothing better to do but to cheer lead the clansman.

        Surely this would avoid any misunderstanding between people and parties.

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          They are all same. They do teh same job. But you know they all lie to the teeth.

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          Native Vedda:

          Have they not solicited your services. Surely you are more than qualified for the job??

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            jansee

            “Surely you are more than qualified for the job??”

            May be, however one is inclined to see whether one is likely to derive job satisfaction before accepting the offer.

            In this case I am only offering a stupid idea which I hope would be generously entertained by MR and his Sinhala/Buddhists despotic regime.

            In fact I should have sold this idea to VP before he was hacked to death.

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        Jim softy,

        Your very conception and living too is Rajapaksha fault! What does your birth certificate say?

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      A good question..!?

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      God father of EPDP Doglas

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      Whichever way you see it or whichever way you take it, Gota, as usual, is in the thick and thin of it? Can any crime be committed without Gota’s knowledge?

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    How will the UNP fair in the election?

    Will they win more seats that the Rajafucksa government party?

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      Never….they get paid to lose.
      :-)

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    I don’t agree with some articles in CT.

    But I believe CT should NEVER be blocked or stopped because it allows freedom of expression to ALL.

    No other website can come close.

    When will Lake House be like CT?

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      “When will Lake House be like CT?”

      Never…. Srilankan Government needs a publisher to spread their lies.

      :-)

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    Does EPDP still traffic Tamil children?

    At this rate no Tamil will be left in SL in a few years time!

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    People in North are still in fear to talk due to possible abductions and killings by the EPDP and the Government forces. It is true that EPDP take women especially wodows for their rides and to supply to soldiers according to reports from North.This situation contineus even now.

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