The Sri Lanka Army announced today that it decided to recall Lt. Colonel Kalana Amunupure from Mali as requested by the United Nations.
Amunupura was the Commander of Sri Lankan Army’s UN mission in Mali. The UN previously requested the Sri Lankan government to recall the senior military officer due to war crimes charges levelled against him.
This was the first time the UN has asked the Government of Sri Lanka to repatriate a peacekeeper because of his participation in alleged war crimes during the country’s civil war.
“We are delighted to see the dossier we submitted on Amunupure to the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in June this year has now resulted in this step,” said the International Truth and Justice Project’s executive director, Yasmin Sooka, in a statement earlier this week.
“We still don’t know how many tens of thousands of Tamils died in the 2009 war and not one person has been held accountable – maybe this small step can give survivors a little hope that one day they will get justice. There is no doubt this action sends a very strong message to Sri Lanka that alleged war criminals can no longer be rewarded with prestigious UN jobs and in future will not escape stringent vetting,” added Sooka.