US draft stops at Navi Pillai inquiry into HR crimes of ‘both parties

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**US draft stops at Navi Pillai inquiry into HR crimes of ‘both parties’[TamilNet]

A draft resolution on Sri Lanka that is to be tabled at the UNHRC later this month by the USA, UK, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia and Mauritius was put to circulation on Monday. Contrary to the trumpeting by sections among Tamils expecting US-UK justice through international investigation on war crimes, the draft just harps on OHCHR investigation into “alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka.” On the other hand, the draft that fails in recognising Tamils even by name not only provides more space and time for the completion of their structural genocide but also binds the UNHRC with supporting the “unified land” of the genocidal State. Full story >>

An international investigation is long overdue[ Tamil Guardian ]

As the armed conflict on the island of Sri Lanka drew to an end in May 2009, over 70,000 Tamils were massacred in what has since been acknowledged as gross violations of international law, with the Sri Lankan government overwhelmingly responsible for the mass slaughter. Almost five years since, no one has been brought to account, over 140,000 Tamils remain unaccounted for, and the repression of Tamils who remain in the North-East, now living under effective military occupation by a virtually ethnically pure Sinhala military, is intensifying. No sooner did the fighting cease in 2009, than did Tamils, along with international NGOs, begin calling for an international independent investigation. [ full story |

New Resolution on Sri Lanka Falls Short: Time for UNHRC to Take Decisive Action[ CTC ]

The Twenty Fifth Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council commenced today in Geneva with mounting calls for an international, independent investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the parties to the conflict during the last stage of the war in Sri Lanka. In her report on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay criticizes Sri Lanka’s, “increasingly authoritarian direction,” and condemns the government’s failure to investigate credible allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity. She concludes that domestic investigative mechanisms have consistently failed, and that an international, independent mechanism is required in Sri Lanka. [ full story |

Govt. to reject international probe commission; what next?[ Sunday Times ][ Mar 02 19:14 GMT ]

25th UNHRC sessions open tomorrow; hectic lobbying ahead of crucial vote; text of US-backed resolution by March 20 Angry President tells Hakeem he can quit Govt., but minister rejects charges that he betrayed the country in report to Pillay President to meet Manmohan Singh in Myanmar; Gotabaya also going to New Delhi…“If you cannot stay in the Government, you can get out,” President Mahinda Rajapaksa warned Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Rauff Hakeem at Friday’s re-scheduled meeting of ministers. [ full story |

Tamil politicians demand international investigation at Jaffna protest[TamilNet]

When Sinhala prisoners protested in Kandy, Namal Rajapaksa, the son of SL President went to the prison and ordered a report on the condition of prisoners. But, when Tamil political prisoners and prisoners of war, subjected to torture on a daily basis, stage protests, no one from the SL government cares about visiting them, said Sundaram Mahendran, the head of the Colombo based Committee on Missing Persons on Sunday when addressing the people protesting against the mysterious death of a Tamil prisoner Gopithas Visuvalingam, a British citizen who was imprisoned in Colombo since 2007. The protest was staged in the morning of the funeral day of the victim Gopithas, who is a father of two from the UK. Full story >>

Britain neglected British Tamil suspiciously died in Sri Lanka’s prison[Sat, 01 Mar 2014, 23:43 GMT]

The relatives of a 43-year-old British Eelam Tamil, Gopithas Visuvalingam, who died in the Sri Lankan jail under suspicious circumstances on 24 February, blame Colombo for torture of Tamil political prisoners. Mr Gopithas, a British national and father of two, was arrested in Colombo in March 2007 and jailed without any charges till 2012, when he was finally charged and ‘convicted’ for assisting the LTTE. Gopithas had told his aged father, who was visiting him in prison recently that he feared for his life at the hands of operatives, who were under the direct command of the SL presidential sibling and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa before the jail term was over. The family and the relatives of the victim are disappointed with the lack of legal assistance from the British High Commission in Colombo, news sources in Jaffna said. Full story >>