Cake with dead soldier: Sri Lankan defence secretary Kamal Gunaratne’s birthday celebration

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary and accused war criminal Kamal Gunaratne 60th birthday celebration cake decoration have again reminded us of his genocidal crimes.

“Sri Lanka defence secretary Kamal Gunaratne’s 60th Birthday cake (complete with dead soldier) says a lot about Sri Lanka militarisation & ‘reconciliation’ – not to mention sugar shortages!” Former BBC Journalist and Author of Still Counting the Dead Francis Harrison tweeted.

In 2019, Interntional Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) had released a dossier on alleged war crimes by Kamal Gunaratne.

“As 53 Division commander, Gunaratne led the assault from the southern front on Puthukkudiyiruppu in February 2009, according to his own account, directly receiving orders from the the man who is now President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Gunaratne’s forces were then part of the assaults on Puthukkudiyiruppu, Putumattalan and Mullivaikkal, which involved repeated attacks on civilian hospitals, makeshift hospitals and food distribution points, resulting in tens of thousands of civilian casualties and the destruction of civlian objects… The Sri Lankan Army has credited Gunaratne’s 53 Division with the killing of well-known TV presenter Isaipriya,” ITJP said.

ITJP further said that the legal anaylsis of the evidence concludes that Major General Kamal Gunaratne can and should be held criminally responsible for ordering attacks in which civilians, and civilian and medical objects were the objects of attack, as well as for failing to prevent his troops from indiscriminately, disproportionately and intentionally attacking civilians and civilian, medical and other protected objects, including civilians at food distribution points, hospitals and in the densely populated areas of the “No Fire Zones”.

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