Sri Lanka war crimes issue raised in Tamil Nadu Assembly

TN_ASSEMBLY-ROSAIA_2703155gTamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah today demanded in the State Assembly that the Indian Government prevail upon the Sri Lankan government to take action against those who had committed crimes against Tamils in the last phase of the war.

Recalling the resolution adopted in the state Assembly asking the Indian government to take steps to adopt a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for an international inquiry into the war crimes and violations of the Geneva convention by the Sri Lankan government, he expressed the hope that the Indian government should persuade Sri Lanka to restore the Tamil families their lands, The Hindu newspaper reported.

“It should ensure equal rights and an opportunity to live peacefully with dignity,” he said.

The Governor also condemned the regular attacks on Tamil fishermen and seizure of their boats and nets by the Sri Lankan Navy, saying the reluctance on the part of the Sri Lankan government in releasing fishing boats even after the release of fishermen had caused agony among the fisher folk in Tamil Nadu.

“It is our duty to find a lasting and permanent solution to this issue by retrieving Katchatheevu and restoring traditional rights of our fishermen,” he said.

But the entire opposition parties staged a walkout alleging the ruling AIADMK Government had failed in all fronts.

DMK floor leader M.K. Stalin told reporters that even though his party had demanded a judicial inquiry into the issue, the state Government had not given any proper response so far. The Governor’s address also made no reference to the issue. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Sri Lanka war crimes, accountability and Justice to the victims will continue not only in Tamil Nadu but in Global capital until the Tamil victims receive a satisfactory process completed. Recently during Thai Pongal celebrations in Toronto, Canadian Foreign minister reiterated the global demand for accountability and justice for war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka despite no meaningful action has taken by the new government. Everyone knows that new government consists of former failed and chauvinistic leaders and it is unlikely an objective and transparent investigation, accountability and justice will be delivered. Tamils are stronger than ever before and it is time for all support CM CV Vigneswaran to bring awareness to all global leaders of the failures of Sri Lankan state to force for an international independent investigation and delivery of justice in the best interest of all.

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