UN report legally 'watertight'

" The discussion of the applicable law and legal findings at p. 52 et seq [in the UN expert panel’s report on the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s war] seem to me to be more or less watertight. There are no flights of fancy here; even when broad or progressive, the legal findings are appropriately cautious when caution is warranted. ” - Marko Milanovic , lecturer in law, Nottingham University. See here his note on the blog of the European Journal of International Law. ------ Note: The UN-released pdf of the expert panel's report has the cut-and-paste function disabled. However, a quotable verson is...

US on Sri Lanka’s 'dialogue' with TNA

“ The United States attaches great importance to the dialogue that is now taking place between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). “The Government [says it] is committed to a sincere dialogue with the TNA. But the proof will be in results, not in promises . “ We very much hope that this [dialogue] will result in concrete progress towards the issues that that are of concern to the Tamils. “So this will remain a very high priority for the United States and I hope for the Government as well.” - Robert Blake , US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. See his...

UN report confirms the truth of state violence - TNA

“It is the failure on the part of successive governments of the Sri Lankan State to deliver on such a political solution that has been the primary cause for the exacerbation of the conflict and the consequences thereof. “[Instead] The Sri Lankan State has over the years, systematically and continuously unleashed violence against unarmed Tamil civilians in order to suppress and subjugate them and to deny and deprive them of the realization of any legitimate power-sharing . “ We observe that the [UN expert panel’s report] confirms the truth of what happened to the unarmed Tamil civilians in the...

Delhi convention to discuss UN expert panel’s report on Sri Lanka war crimes

A convention is being organized on May 10 in New Delhi, to discuss the recently release UN Report on War Crimes in Sri Lanka and its implications. Prominent activists speaking at the convention include Prof Jagmohan Singh, Arundhati Roy, Justice Rajinder Sachar (former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court), and Prof SAR Geelani (Delhi University). Leaders from Indian political parties, including D. Raja of the CPI, are also taking part. The convention is to be held atKrishna Menon bhavan (opposite the Supreme court) from 2.30 to 7.30. The UN report will be released and video footage of war crimes in Sri Lanka will be screened.

India to develop Jaffna's KKS harbour

As part of its ongoing efforts to rebuild the war-torn Tamil areas of Sri Lanka, India is to fund development of Kankasanthurai (KKS) harbour, the largest port in the Jaffna peninsula. When its ready, the revamped port will make possible the easy transportation of goods and people between the island's north and nearby Tamil Nadu ports. The Indian government will fund development of KKS in two stages, including repairs to the present breakwater and jetty, and the deepening of the harbour, as well as the building of a new breakwater.

China on UNSG report

"The Chinese side is confident that the Sri Lankan government and people are able to properly address all relevant issues." " We hope that the international community could help develop a favorable external environment for the Sri Lankan government to stabilize the country's internal situation and accelerate economic growth, and avoid taking measures that could further complicate the issue." - The response of Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei When asked to comment on the report by the UN Secretary General's Advisory Panel. See here for the Xinhua press report of his comments.

Global role in local

" The role of India and the US is probably going to determine whether the pressure mounts on Sri Lanka or the [UN expert panel's] report is quickly forgotten. If one takes a cue from developments over recent years, Colombo’s successful prosecution of the war would not have been possible without both overt support and sins of omission and commission by both New Delhi and Washington ." - An extract from a comment in the May 2011 issue of Himal magazine. See here for the full comment.

Evidence of Sri Lanka military's deliberate targeting of civilians – HRW

Click here to listen to comments to Radio Australia by James Ross , Legal and Policy Director at Human Rights Watch, on the UN expert panel's report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes. In particular, Ross cautions against the narrow reading in the press of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s statement on needing a mandate to initiate a Commission of Inquiry into Sri Lanka’s crimes.

India’s guarded response …

“The government [of India] has seen the report of the panel of experts appointed by the UN Secretary General …. The issues raised in the report need to be studied carefully. As a first step, we intend to engage with the government of Sri Lanka on the issues contained in the report ." - Indian External Affairs Ministry . See Times of India’s news brief here . See our ealier post: 'India and Sri Lanka’s war crimes ' See also Hindustan Times’ report: ‘ Will India too back Lanka after report? ’ This is what Human Rights Watch said on March 1: “ When the UN panel of experts submits its report next...

UN rights chief: Report should shock world’s conscience into action

These are UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s comments on the expert panel’s report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes (see statement here ): “The way this conflict was conducted, under the guise of fighting terrorism, challenged the very foundations of the rules of war and cost the lives of tens of thousands of civilians. “I hope the disturbing new information contained in this report will shock the conscience of the international community into finally taking serious action . “As the report itself says, addressing violations of international humanitarian or human rights law is not a...