Sri Lankan official denies charges of torture and rape
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Sri Lanka’s defense minister denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island’s Tamil ethnic minority who are seeking political asylum in Europe.
Kapila Waidyaratne called the claims of abuses “baseless and unfounded.”
“The government of Sri Lanka is for zero tolerance with regard to sexual abuse and so on,” Waidyaratne told The Associated Press as he attended the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial conference in Vancouver.