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Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has accepted the report on the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka and had co-sponsored the resolution on Sri Lanka without the consent of the President and the Cabinet, the joint opposition told the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC).

JO member Sarath Weerasekara who spoke to Daily Mirror from Geneva said he told the UNHCR that Sri Lanka was involved in a non international armed conflict between the government and the LTTE and as such the armed forces could not be accused of violating the International Human Rights Law (IHL).

“In an armed conflict, only International Humanitarian Laws are applicable and therefore it cannot be charged under the International Human Rights Law. When you apply IHL it is very clear that it was the LTTE and not the Sri Lankan security forces who committed war crimes,” he said.

Mr. Weerasekara is said to have tabled two reports -- one carrying the views of world renown experts claiming that security forces had not committed war crimes and the other prepared by a panel of experts to show that the OHCHR report was seriously flawed with contradictions, omissions and lies.

“It’s a pity that the UNHRC which looked away when the LTTE was using people as human shields and recruiting child soldiers is now levelling war crime charges on the very troops who destroyed the LTTE and protected Human Rights. It an example of double standards and hypocrisy,” he said.

On behalf of the JO, Mr. Weerasekara requested the UN General Assembly to assign a special rapporteur to investigate the matter and impose a moratorium on the UNHRC from pursuing the resolution any further till investigations were completed. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • John Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:01 AM

    No,this is about the LTTE vs Sri Lankan Army combat,if you are crying about Tamil civilian casualties,you didn't cry for the Tamil civilians killed in the thirty years before May 2009. So this proves you all are crying for the LTTE and not the Tamil civilians.

    Ganesh Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:52 AM

    Child recruitment of LTTE and the human shield is not the topic here .Topic here is why was the government forces responsible for this carnage knowing it would happen in such a situation .

    Leo Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:06 AM

    We are not self sufficient hence we have to rely on Western and Asian country for our existence. Enough of the termalogy war heros. If there is no war crimes or human rights violations why cant we a point a neutral panel to investigate this matter. This way the violators will be revealed by which we can honor the real war heros. Not all armed forces are heros as we know certain despicable things they did. Which most of those who comment here do not know. via DM Android App

    daily boru Tuesday, 21 March 2017 05:59 PM

    Did MARA accepted 13 with cabinet approval? Did he make all sort of promises to then UN boss with cabinet consent?

    SL Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:04 PM

    This man did something gvt could not think of,All ministers including Ranil paid with public funds are hell bent to western bullying and forgotten where were we during the war and enjoying the freedom brought by the very soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country

    TJ Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:23 PM

    Mr.Sarath Weerasekara is missing the point. UNHRC is talking about the war crime committed against the civilians, not about the human rights violations by armed forces against the LTTE. No international law justifies and provide protections for extrajudicial killings.

    lkboy Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:43 PM

    Well said.

    SL Tuesday, 21 March 2017 10:08 PM

    any comment on keeping your own people as a shield and fighting with armed forces and let them die in the middle of the shooting ? ..

    jill Tuesday, 21 March 2017 11:51 PM

    In the book "Road to Nandikadal" it says the military took pleasure in looting Tamil homes and attacking civilians for fun

    saki Tuesday, 21 March 2017 11:53 PM

    We couldn't have won the war without the west. Even MR said that before backstabbing US. If MR angered the west then he must pay for it

    Premila Fernando Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:15 AM

    Thank you Mr Weerasekara for trying to open the eyes of the Westerners who are blindly supporting the LTTE.

    nick Wednesday, 22 March 2017 02:21 AM

    this shows clearly pm knew about his but they just simply didnt tell president as they thought he wouldnt understand this as he was placed by the unp to topple the last government if it continues like this soon or later u.s will ruin us some how via DM Android App

    Ruwan Gunawardana Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:17 AM

    So explain how the LTTE and current TNA leadership is not charged for the crimes against humanity???


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