Britain joins call for UN to probe on SL

2014-03-10 04:39:44

Britain is to join the US and three other countries in pushing for a full international inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka after the government there failed to satisfy international calls for a such an inquiry, Downing Street announced on Sunday.

Speaking last November at the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in Colombo, David Cameron gave Sri Lanka four months to conduct "a credible, thorough inquiry" into crimes alleged to have been committed during Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war.

The prime minister's office said on Sunday that Sri Lanka had failed to do so and the UK had joined four other countries in tabling a motion at the UN human rights council. It supports the call by the UN high commissioner for human rights for an international, independent investigation into violations of human rights and related crimes by both sides during the war.

A vote on resolution will take place at the end of this month.

A spokesperson for the prime minister added: "Ahead of the vote, we are working hard to secure support from other countries. The PM has personally written to a number of leaders whose countries are on the human rights council this session calling on them to support this resolution which would help to deliver progress on reconciliation and human rights in Sri Lanka."

Sri Lanka in the past has refused to allow the UN unrestricted access to former war zones.

The Sri Lankan army crushed Tamil Tiger separatists in the final battle of a long civil war in 2009, in a strategy partly drawn up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, the defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

About 300,000 civilians were trapped on a narrow beach during the onslaught and a UN panel has estimated that 40,000 non-combatants died. Both sides committed atrocities, but army shelling killed most victims, it concluded.

Since the end of the war, harassment of government critics, including attacks on journalists and human rights workers have continued. A heavy army presence in the former Tamil Tiger strongholds in the north of the country angers some local ethnic Tamils who feel they are treated as enemies of the state.

On Sunday, Channel 4 News said it had obtained new evidence which it, and Tamil campaigners, have said demonstrated that an underlying culture of systematic brutality and sexual violence existed within the ranks of the Sri Lankan military.

The footage, which was reported to have been filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone, was said to show troops laughing and cheering as they celebrated the deaths of Tamil insurgents and performing acts of grotesque sexual violation on the bodies.

The channel has continued to report on what it said was evidence, in the form of various pieces of footage, of the apparently systematic execution and sexual violation of prisoners.

The Sri Lankan government has claimed that the footage is, variously, doctored, manipulated or acted by Tamil insurgents dressed as government soldiers and speaking Sinhala, the language of the vast majority of government soldiers.(The Guardian)

  Comments - 31

  • ind Monday, 10 March 2014 05:03

    Same thing is repeating, Britain joins US is not a news!

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    ASD Monday, 10 March 2014 05:08

    Any move in the UNHRC should not be of a hidden agenda. You dont have concern on neither sinhalese or tamils. You and other western countries are using innocent civilian blood for your own master purpose.

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    chandi Monday, 10 March 2014 05:25

    why don't you propose the same in Afganistan & Iraq .

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    ram Monday, 10 March 2014 05:32

    Thank you for all you understand our real situation in Sri Lanka you have to fight behalf of us –Ram Batticaloa.

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    Nimal Monday, 10 March 2014 05:45

    Thank you for your support to bring human rights forever in an island.

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    Hiss Majesty Monday, 10 March 2014 05:47

    While declining to subject itself to a similar process over alleged war excess, it is preaching sermons to us.

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    Hidden agenda? Monday, 10 March 2014 05:54

    Britain, US, Montessori etc are helping Rajapakse score a resounding victory at the PC elections.

    Reply : 0       3

    Ey Monday, 10 March 2014 06:05

    Mind your on business...................

    Reply : 1       4

    Moven Monday, 10 March 2014 06:37

    Well done Britain!!

    Reply : 4       1

    ind Monday, 10 March 2014 06:40

    Don't tell lies. Tamils live with Sinhalese without any issue. Only LTTE elements have so called issues.

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    Sumangala Monday, 10 March 2014 06:59

    Come- r- on.Bring your troops and Come-r- on we will take you on.

    Reply : 0       0

    kamal Monday, 10 March 2014 07:14

    Nothing to hide? Bring it on! Says MR?

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    mohamed Monday, 10 March 2014 07:21

    who betrayed who ?

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    Dukpath janatawagay Monday, 10 March 2014 07:21

    Thanks UK and USA. you all are going to do a great job

    Reply : 2       0

    Selva Monday, 10 March 2014 07:45

    He probably watched the latest war crimes video released by Chanel 4 yesterday

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    really Monday, 10 March 2014 08:01

    [quote name="ind"]Don't tell lies. Tamils live with Sinhalese without any issue. Only LTTE elements have so called issues.[/quote]

    Be honest mate. What about the Tamils not near you?

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    MrKasthuri Monday, 10 March 2014 08:19

    Idiot might spell out that as brilliant as well !

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    MrKasthuri Monday, 10 March 2014 08:21

    You mean the peaceful situation ?

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    MrKasthuri Monday, 10 March 2014 08:23

    Opss, didn't understand the word HUMAN RIGHTS till 2009 !

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    Diego Garcia Monday, 10 March 2014 08:25

    Crusaders in action to capture land again with the New Testament "Human Rights".

    Reply : 0       2

    ASD Monday, 10 March 2014 08:45

    If you fully engaged in this matter, bring International Inquary and economic sanction on SL.

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    Suq Madique Monday, 10 March 2014 11:15

    [quote name="ram"]Thank you for all you understand our real situation in Sri Lanka you have to fight behalf of us –Ram Batticaloa.[/quote]
    First you got the LTTE to fight on your behalf and now you want the UK? Just what exactly is your grouse?

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    Erantha Monday, 10 March 2014 12:30

    Mr. Camaron, How come over 30% of Colombo population is tamil and they are living peacefully ?

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    Erantha Monday, 10 March 2014 12:34

    Funny Chanel 4 is owned by a Tamil, A Tamil is the head of UN human rights.... and the US AND UK thinks all they say is truth....

    Reply : 0       1

    Gamini Monday, 10 March 2014 13:11

    Mind your own business David.

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    tom Monday, 10 March 2014 13:11


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    kumar Monday, 10 March 2014 14:04

    [quote name="Ey"]Mind your on business...................[/quote]
    That is what they are doing.

    Reply : 0       0

    ABC Monday, 10 March 2014 14:19

    Hi cameron, Good luck with yr next election. we all know yr HR record very well. via DM Android App

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    Fuzzy Monday, 10 March 2014 14:34

    Mr.Cameron why don't u make a statement on the atrocities committed by the British that goes well over 26 years. Way before your father or even your grand father was born. Don't try to clean other people's rubbish when ur living in a heap of garbage. via DM Android App

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    JJ Monday, 10 March 2014 14:49

    [quote name="Sumangala"]Come- r- on.Bring your troops and Come-r- on we will take you on.[/quote]
    Couple of drones will shut your big mouth. Don't be stupid....

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    M.Muttha Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:18

    David, David, what is the percentage of Tamil voters in your constituency? It is not you who is talking but the Diaspora well entrenched in UK. Anyway mate you are going to loose the next elections with or without their votes. via DM iPad app

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