TNA to push for UN probe

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will push for a UN mechanism to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.

“Accountability is mostly important for Tamils. During and soon after the war hundreds of Tamils went missing. After the war many had surrendered to the army, but their whereabouts is not known now. The army had even screened those who had been trained by the LTTE and separated them from the others who had surrendered. The parents of these people want answers,” TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said.

He also recalled that there are conflicting reports on the number of civilians killed during the war with some in the government placing the figure at between 5,000 – 7,000 and others placing it around 40,000 to 70,000.

Wanni Security Forces Commander Major General Boniface Perera told reporters in Vavuniya recently that several people were protesting against the government and the army over the missing people and demanding information about them.

He however said such protests were pointless, as the army did not know the whereabouts of those people said to have been missing.

“An army tribunal had found that there was no one missing and that all have been accounted for. But we need an independent international probe to find out what happened. The government has proved that it can’t handle the matter properly as there is no faith in their own investigations. We cannot expect justice from the government,” Premachandran said.