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TPC wants Int'l probe on war crimes allegations

10 February 2017 09:48 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Amid speculation that the Government hoped to request the UNHRC for more time to implement its resolution, the Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran-led Tamil People’s Council (TPC) comprising Tamil political parties and civil society groups said Sri Lankan should not be given any more time.

In a resolution adopted at the “Eluga Thamil” rally held in Batticaloa yesterday, the TPC called for an international investigation into what it described as, ‘the genocidal crimes perpetrated against the Tamil people'.

Reiterating that the North and East is the traditional homeland of the Tamils, the TPC said the distinct socio-cultural and political identity of the Tamil nation could only be guaranteed and safeguarded by setting up a non-divided, autonomous unit of self-government in the North and East and that this was nonnegotiable.

The TPC said it the construction of Buddhist temples in the North and the East must be stopped.

“The Tamil people have repeatedly and firmly rejected a domestic accountability mechanism to investigate crimes perpetrated on them. In his September 2015 statement, the UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Hussein categorically stated that Sri Lanka’s judiciary is incapable of investigating crimes committed during the war. Against this backdrop, the resolution passed in September 2015 at the United Nations Human Rights Commission suggested a hybrid mechanism to investigate these crimes. Yet, the Sri Lankan Government, which co- sponsored this resolution with other international stakeholders, has now reiterated that it would not be amenable to the participation of foreign judges in the accountability mechanism. It has rejected a hybrid mechanism and has suggested a domestic accountability mechanism. The Government has now requested for more time to establish this mechanism,” the TPC said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  Comments - 8

  • Lal Friday, 10 February 2017 11:46 PM

    Vigneswaran cannot be allowed to run around anymore

    Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 11 February 2017 03:53 PM

    He should be arrested right away. Attention: IGP.

    Bubble Banda Saturday, 11 February 2017 03:54 PM

    Agee with you Sir, yes - the President or the PM should order the Police to arrest him as he is the present leader of LTTE.

    Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 11 February 2017 03:56 PM

    He should have been kept behind bars long ago. Even the ruling party and the Opposition will support of his arrest.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Saturday, 11 February 2017 04:00 PM

    CV is asking for trouble, he is forming and nourishing LTTE with his wealth from abroad and trying to have another blood shed in SriLanka.

    ceylon Saturday, 11 February 2017 05:22 PM

    shame on 69 years of independence.still cant inveatigate and punish the criminals. via DM Android App

    Ganesh Sunday, 12 February 2017 05:59 AM

    What has CV told such a wrong thing and why DM only gives priority for some filmsy remarks from people who do not know what is happening , ignoring our comments as our minority feelings

    German Jacob Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:20 PM

    You fellow has no right to blame DM, they always relates the facts, nothing wrong man.

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