Tamil Province charges Colombo with genocide

missing_popleWigneswaran calls for international investigation on genocide [TamilNet]

In a key development, the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council (NPC), Justice CV Wigneswaran, on Tuesday called for real international investigations on genocide against Tamils committed by the successive governments since Ceylon’s independence from the British in 1948. Passing a resolution in the council that demanded international investigations on genocide, the Chief Minister has called for criminal prosecutions at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and urged the on-going OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to investigate the claim of genocide and recommend appropriate investigations and prosecutions by the ICC. “This Council urgently calls upon the international community to create conditions suitable and sustainable to protect the Tamils of the NorthEast Provinces in Sri Lanka from genocide,” the resolution said. Full story >>

Tamil Province charges Colombo with genocide[ The Hindu ][ Feb 10 22:05 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Tuesday passed a strongly worded resolution accusing successive governments in the island nation of committing ‘genocide’ against Tamils. The resolution moved by Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran sought to give “an overview of the evidence demonstrating successive Sri Lankan governments’ genocide against Tamils” and appealed to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights to probe the claim and recommend appropriate prosecution. [ full story | comments ]

Any attempt to challenge the new government in Colombo with an international genocide probe could “complicate matters”, sources in New Delhi say. The Indian government took note of the resolution by the Sri Lankan Northern Provincial Council internally, but officials said it was too early to gauge its importance to the reconciliation process already initiated by President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government. Officials are studying if the genocide resolution would affect the Geneva conference of the UNHRC, where the U.N. special rapporteur is due to submit a report on a U.S.-sponsored “war crimes investigations” that could also lead to a resolution against Sri Lanka being tabled. India would be keen to see any such resolution put off, it is understood… [ full story |

Lanka’s Northern Council Passes Damning Resolution on Genocide[ Indian Express ][ Feb 10 15:40 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution saying that genocide of the Tamil minority has been continuous since 1948, and that the UN must investigate it, submit a report at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and refer its findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for further action. Expressing lack of faith in the current Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, and his ally, former Army Commander Gen.Sarath Fonseka, the resolution recalled that Sirisena was Acting Defense Minister at the height of the military assault on the Tamils in May 2009. And Gen.Fonseka had asserted that he strongly believes that Lanka “belongs to the Sinhalese.” [ full story |

Exploring International and Domestic Modalities for Truth and Justice in Sri Lanka[ Groundviews ][ Feb 10 04:51 GMT ]

The ‘Declaration of Peace’ by the Government of Sri Lanka at the 67th Independence Day Celebrations held on 4th February 2015 is a notable shift in its recognition of the past and the need for healing and unity. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) made a similar recommendation, as did the United Nations Secretary General’s Panel of Experts (PoE). Recognizing the past is the first in a process needed to address past violations, provide answers regarding missing persons, initiate independent mechanisms to hold alleged perpetrators to account and end the culture of impunity. [ full story |

Will there be an end of communal divide in Sri Lanka? [ World Bulletin ][ Feb 09 13:06 GMT ]

Normally it would have been a lazy Saturday afternoon, but on January 10, 2015 there were jubilations in the air of the areas surrounding the southwest Sri Lankan town of Aluthgama, an idyllic coastal settlement popular with tourists. In Colombo the New Democratic Front presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena was being sworn in as the new Sri Lankan president after defeating the incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse in general election. Sirisena had polled 51.28 percent of the vote, four percent more than Rajapakse. [ full story |

Sri Lanka Seeks U.S.-U.N. Backing for Domestic Probe of War Crimes Charges[ IPS ][ Feb 09 13:03 GMT ]

Sri Lanka’s newly-installed government, which has pledged to set up its own domestic tribunal to investigate war crimes charges, is seeking political and moral support both from the United States and the United Nations to stall a possible international investigation. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is due in the United States next week to press the country’s case before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. [ full story |

Northern PC adopts another resolution: calls for international investigation[ Adaderana ][ Feb 10 14:36 GMT ]

The resolution has provided information under the five topics of (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. [ full story |

Editorial: Sri Lanka’s Duty on War Crimes[ New York Times ][ Feb 10 14:46 GMT ]

It was just one month ago that Sri Lanka surprised the world by electing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena as president, rejecting the authoritarianism, corruption and dynastic politics of the administration of the incumbent, Mahinda Rajapaksa. President Sirisena has moved swiftly to usher in a new chapter of hope for Sri Lanka. So as not to reopen old wounds too soon, his government is now seeking a delay in the release of a report that is scheduled to be presented next month on a United Nations inquiry into war crimes and other human rights abuses committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war that ended in 2009. [ full story |