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. "...

India and Sri Lanka’s war crimes

“India should not subject itself again to be charged as supporting genocide by Sri Lanka .” - BJP national executive member L. Ganesan , on reports India is supportive of Sri Lanka's attack on the UN expert panel's report. See The Hindu’s news brief here . "I believe that [the] Indians were aware of the civilian casualties that were happening [in 2009], because they had pretty good intelligence inside [Sri Lanka's] siege zone. "If foreign governments knew what was going on this latter stage of the war and continued to supply arms, then I think it is a matter worthy of investigations in those...

UN releases Sri Lanka war crimes report

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon released on Monday the much anticipated report by the independent expert panel he appointed last year to look into war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final phase in 2009 of Sri Lanka's war. The full text of the report is available on the UN website here . The Secretary General's statement accompagnying the release of the report is found here . The release of the report comes despite Sri Lanka's strident objections, and Colombo's vituperative criticism of the report, its authors and the UN. In his statement, Mr. Ban said "The...

Reports from Headlines Today …

Reports on gender-based war crimes in Sri Lanka from Headlines Today, part of the India Today group: On April 22, 2011: ‘ Evidence of warcrimes in Sri Lanka ’ On December 2, 2010: ‘ Sri Lanka war crimes ’ On January 25, 2010: ‘ War crimes return to haunt Sri lanka ’

On UN expert panel’s report ...

“The publication of this report will cause irreparable damage to the reconciliation efforts of Sri Lanka. It will damage the UN system too.” - G. L. Peiris , Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. “ To speak of an ongoing process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka that will be complicated by international and UN investigations or interest in the last stages of the war, and the crimes that seem to have been committed, is just nonsensical .” - Alan Keenan , International Crisis Group’s senior analyst on Sri Lanka. “The UN secretary-general believes that the panel has done a good and conscientious job and...

Why the world must act

“The UN report says that the alleged crimes of both the warring parties and subsequent cover-up by the government constitutes ‘an assault on the entire system of international law and security’ . “By that, it means that should the government of Sri Lanka be allowed to get away with it, the system of international justice built on the back of the crimes in Rwanda and Bosnia is weakened. “Srebrenica recalls a painful and costly UN failure. In a month during which the UN swiftly forestalled potentially disastrous internal conflicts in Libya and Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka cannot be allowed to erode...

Opposing what?

This is the English text of the Sri Lankan government-sponsored petition against the UN expert panel's report: “We Sri Lankans consisting of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim communities who enjoy the newly earned freedom, hereby strongly denounce the comments and relevant discussions made against the independence of our country by the UN’s Committee on war crimes allegations.” See TamilNet's report on the petition here . See Groundviews' comment, and photos, here . Muslim and Buddhist clergy sign a petition against the report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes. Photo Nishan Priyantha/The Island

UN experts’ report makes the case for genocide

Based on leaked extracts, the UN expert panel’s report on Sri Lanka constitutes a watershed moment in international understanding of the crimes committed in the closing phase of the war in Sri Lanka. Crucially, although the word does not appear in the extracts, the report’s contents well supports the charge that Sri Lanka engaged in genocide of the Tamils. The report lays out in detail the calculated, deliberate and systematic targeting of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces, operating under the direct command of the country’s top political leadership. The former UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss, has aptly termed the publishing of the UN experts’ report as a ‘Srebrenica’ moment for Sri Lanka and indeed for the world. The analogy is correct on many counts. Firstly, it was in relation to Srebrenica that the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) most clearly formulated the principle that part destruction – specifically, a geographically contained (i.e a small territory) destruction - of an ethnic or national group constituted genocide.

BTF calls for action on UN expert panel's report

Following the UN expert panel's submission of its report on Sri Lanka to the Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, the British Tamils Forum (BTF), an umbrella group of Tamil community organisations, said Wednesday: "We demand that an independent international investigation is conducted, supported by comprehensive witness protection afforded to the Tamil community by a UN task force. "We appeal to the UN to release the full report without further delay and implement with vigour the recommendations made by the advisory panel so as to restore the Tamil people's faith in the international body to...

Supporting Sivan Arul Ilam

King's College London (KCL) Tamil Society's raises funds for the Sivan Arul Ilam Charity in Mannar. See the video created by Ratheeson Thillainathan for the Society: See the report on KCL Tamil Soc's awards night for its newly established sports 'Legacy League' here .

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