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Tamil Nadu: India ‘should lead’ UN action on Sri Lanka war crimes

"With the UN report practically confirming human rights violations and brutal repression that was earlier in the realm of speculation or dismissed as biased or partisan reportage, the Indian government should now move the UN to initiate necessary steps to bring Rajapaksa to stand trial for war crimes and genocide along with his generals, senior ministers and all others who were party to the brutal excesses."

"India should spearhead an international movement to put pressure on Sri Lanka to ensure that all people in that country are treated equally and are allowed to live a life of dignity.

"If necessary, an economic blockade will have to be resorted to, to bring a recalcitrant Sri Lanka to heel."

- J. Jayalalithaa, former Tamil Nadu chief minister and leader of the main opposition AIADMK. See the rest of IANS’ report here

Meanwhile, the DMK, which leads Tamil Nadu’s ruling coalition and is a key member of India’s Congress-led ruling coalition, appealed to the Indian government to make all efforts to ensure that those responsible for alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka faced action.

Referring to the UN report, the party's high-level committee said it will consult its Tamil Nadu ruling coalition partners - Congress, PMK and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, among others, on further course of action.

See PTI's report here.

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