Zeid urged to push Sri Lanka to stick to UN commitment

Zeid HusseinThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has been urged to ensure that Sri Lanka will stick to its promise and fully implements all aspects of the UN Resolution on Sri Lanka without any exceptions.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil diaspora group, said it was deeply concerned and disappointed by the recent comments of President Maithripala Sirisena (BBC, January 21, 2016) concerning his opposition to international involvement in ensuring justice for war crimes and human rights abuses committed by both parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka.

President Sirisena downplayed the serious findings of war crimes and Human Rights abuses by the Sri Lankan military outlined in the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL report – released on 28 September 2015), on the basis that no names were mentioned in the report ignoring the fact that this is a standard procedural matter in such investigations.

GTF says the President’s assertions are a direct refutation of the Resolution 30/1 passed in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 1 October 2015 which Sri Lanka itself co-sponsored.

The resolution clearly committed Sri Lanka to involving Commonwealth and other foreign judges, defence lawyers and authorized prosecutors and investigators in its judicial processes. Sri Lanka will breach the provisions of a resolution that it co-sponsored if President Sirisena’s assertions are implemented.

The OISL report explicitly stated the reality that an exclusively Sri Lankan judicial process cannot provide the much needed justice and accountability given its lack of capacity and independence or the statutes needed to prosecute such crimes. The victims and Tamil community in particular will consider international participation essential in their search for justice.

GTF says in turning his back on Sri Lanka’s commitments to the victims of abuse and the international community concerning accountability only months after these commitments were made, President Sirisena will lose the trust of the Tamil community, which started to believe that Sri Lanka in fact had turned the corner, where public promises and pledges are made to be kept and faithfully acted upon.

The Global Tamil Forum, together with its partners within and outside Sri Lanka, supported the Resolution 30/1 in good faith, acknowledging the importance of working in a spirit of partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka towards ensuring victims’ right to truth and justice. We fear that any abandonment of that commitment and consensus has the potential to seriously damage the long-term prospects of genuine reconciliation and harmonious ethnic relations in Sri Lanka.

“We understand that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid, will visit Sri Lanka early next month. We call upon him to continue to show the leadership on this important Transitional Justice issue by ensuring that Sri Lanka will stick to its promise and fully implements all aspects of the Resolution 30/1 without any exceptions,” GTF said.

GTF also called upon international Governments who co-sponsored the Resolution 30/1 in partnership with Sri Lanka, to impress upon the Government of Sri Lanka on the need to stand by its public commitments. (Colombo Gazette)

9 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t the international community and the UN know that the Sri Lankan leaders and forces have been committing crimes against humanity with full impunity for the last six decades?
    How can an alleged war criminal regime investigate its own crimes that are under the international law?

  2. UN HAS NO BUSINESS IN SL, WE ARE PROUD SRI LANKANS SO WE DONT KEEP PROMISES, ITS NOT JUST NOW BUT THATS HOW WE HAVE BEEN, WE ARE PROUD TO LIE TO THE WORLD AND TAKE THEM FOR A RIDE.

    WE ARE SRILANKANS NO ROOM FOR FOREIGN PEOPLE, WE ARE HIPOCITES THATS WHAT WE ARE, LEAVE US ALONE TO DO WHAT WE WANT.

  3. Sri Lanka being an independent country is not obliged to run the country to fully satisfy the international community. However the government should have been careful before it entered in to an agreement to implement all aspects of the resolution. We should however be glad that government is taking steps to correct it’s mistakes before it is too late.

  4. srilanka government in power must maintain the democracy, real democracy, srilanka politics is in the hand of saffron it prove srilankan are not educated. village monks with saffron well recognized people pray and worship the saffron monks fell in the feet and pray for good future, reality is it is human foolish, uneducated youth joined the monks for easy live and fool the people. Politicians are going after monks to became a politician, monks go home villages house for thorn(food) to pray before food and give home people peace of mind, it is one hind of weakness of the people. budhhism is the phyloshy practice good habit, noble, hind to the people, honesty and integrity, 1983 communal right sinhalase were killing the miniority, tamils were worse most saffron monks were took very active part robbing the jewelry and cash, killed many people ,some of the girls were raped by thugs and monks.

  5. Real guppies in the sea.

    BTF/GTF and Suma, blindly requested the north and east to vote for Sirisena though there was not even a friendly nod from Bodhi Sira.

    BTF/GTF is like Hamas in Palestine peace moves.

  6. Apartheid regime in South Africa was the result of a series of unilateral decisions by the white supremacists only, ignoring the equality, dignity and justice of blacks and others. It was undemocratic and bad governance.

    Likewise, unilateral decisions by Sinhala supremacists in SL, sowed the seeds for bad governance that caused the war, war crimes and Tamil genocide during the past 60 years.

    The major unilateral decisions by the Sinhalese, that destroyed peace, stability and development in SL were;

    a) Sinhala only act of 1956.
    b) Cancelling Banda- Chelva and Dudley-Chelva Pacts.
    c) Military occupation of Tamil homeland since 1965.
    d) Drafting the first Republican constitution for SL.
    e) Refusing to implement 13A of the constitution of SL for the past 25 years; agreed under Indo-Lanka Accord.

    Also, last week, the president of SL, in an interview with BBC, chose again to unilaterally violate a section of the resolution that was co-sponsored by SL at the UNHRC.

    Therefore, unilateral decision by the state on inter ethnic or inter religious issues should be prohibited in the new constitution. And such issues should be resollved by an impartial Reconciliation Council and not politicians.

  7. When LTTE was killing people where was this prince, NGO beggars, UN, Tamil diaspora why they were silent at that time. Just because the government of Sri Lanka finished the terror group which the UN, NGO beggars and Tamil diaspora were supporting they can not stomuch it, instead of giving the innocent Tamil youth a chance of thire life they want to fuel and start another war will these Tamil diaspora send their children to front no will Tamil MP’s send their kids no don’t get fooled by these beggars.

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