Posted by: ramrajya | March 11, 2012

US Resolution before United Nations Human Rights Commission on Sri Lankan atrocities

US Resolution before United Nations Human Rights Commission on Sri Lankan atrocities

மனித உரிமை ஆணையத்திடம், அமெரிக்காவின் இலங்கை அரசின் அட்டுழியத்திற்கு எதிரான தீர்மானம்.

The US is proposing a resolution on Sri Lanka in the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), which started last week. While the Sri Lankan government has opposed the move, the resolution will do nothing to address the war crimes and gross abuses of democratic rights by the military in the final stages of the island’s civil war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).


The draft resolution calls on the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations of its own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), as well as initiate credible investigations into allegations of human rights breaches not addressed by the LLRC report.


The Colombo government’s opposition to carrying out the recommendations of its own inquiry underlines the fact that the LLRC was a sham inquiry designed to cover up human rights abuses and deflect demands for an independent international investigation into war crimes. President Mahinda Rajapakse handpicked the commissioners to ensure no genuine inquiry took place.


Such was the scope of the war crimes that the LLRC could not endorse the government’s lie that no civilians had been killed by the military. The LLRC concluded, however, that any civilian deaths were accidental and blamed the LTTE for preventing people from leaving territory under its control.


The LLRC findings contradicted international reports, including from an expert committee appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The UN panel found “credible evidence” of war crimes that implicated the government, senior state officials and top military commanders. It concluded that the Sri Lankan military had killed tens of thousands of civilians in the final months of the war to May 2009, including by deliberate attacks on hospitals and aid posts.


Almost all major Tamil Nadu parties have joined chief minister J. Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi in demanding India back a US-sponsored resolution against Lanka at the ongoing UNHRC meet in Geneva for alleged war crimes in the final phase of the Eelam war.


New Delhi, however, is yet to make up its mind. We the crores of Tamil People in Tamil Nadu request our beloved Prime Minister of India to stand in support of the resolution brought by America on Srilankan atrocities on Eelam Tamils.


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