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Amnesty International Friday gave a petition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed by 14 lakh Indians seeking an independent probe into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Amnesty India chief executive G Ananthapadmanabhan handed over the petition to V. Narayanasamy, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office. "This petition represents the voices of 14 lakh ordinary Indian citizens asking India to play a stronger role in seeking justice in Sri Lanka," Ananthapadmanabhan said.

"This is a demand for an end to the impunity for past and present human rights violations in Sri Lanka," he added. The petition, addressed to the prime minister, urges him to stand up for justice in Sri Lanka and to act to end the climate of impunity perpetuated by Colombo, Amnesty said.

The petition asks the Indian government to support an independent international investigation into allegations of crimes under international law committed by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers. It also seeks a UN-led mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and asks Colombo to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and also end attacks and intimidation of critics. Over the past eight months, Amnesty International has used integrated voice enabling and response mechanism and SMS to campaign for justice in Sri Lanka. The petition follows widespread allegations that the Sri Lankan military killed tens of thousands of innocent Tamils in the war that vanquished the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.

"This is a demand for an end to the impunity for past and present human rights violations in Sri Lanka," he added.

The petition, addressed to the prime minister, urges him to stand up for justice in Sri Lanka and to act to end the climate of impunity perpetuated by Colombo, Amnesty said.

The petition asks the Indian government to support an independent international investigation into allegations of crimes under international law committed by the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers.

It also seeks a UN-led mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, and asks Colombo to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and also end attacks and intimidation of critics.

Over the past eight months, Amnesty International has used integrated voice enabling and response mechanism and SMS to campaign for justice in Sri Lanka.

The petition follows widespread allegations that the Sri Lankan military killed tens of thousands of innocent Tamils in the war that vanquished the Tamil Tigers in May 2009.(IANS)
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  • saran Friday, 08 March 2013 02:33 PM

    See the comments above, all try to deny or point the finger back , typical srilankan stlye

    Ranil Friday, 08 March 2013 12:16 PM

    In comparison to the indian population 1.4 mil is neglible figure and ai should be in shame

    NoBody Friday, 08 March 2013 02:52 PM

    And what's the literacy rate of the country which you come from?

    wasantha Friday, 08 March 2013 12:39 PM

    well said ranil

    raviraj Friday, 08 March 2013 03:03 PM

    1.4m for the 40K who were killed is a very good figure, compared to not even 1 srilankan standing up

    No Drog Friday, 08 March 2013 12:46 PM

    at least is bigger than literate ppl in SL ..LOL

    Vipula Saturday, 09 March 2013 12:00 AM

    WTF via DM Android App

    Suq Madique Saturday, 09 March 2013 02:03 AM

    What would you or the people who signed the petition know about literacy? If they did then they would first look after their own affairs before poking their fingers where it was not needed.

    NoBody Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:15 AM

    And what might be the literacy rate of the country you come from??? (and do you have a hint of knowledge of statistics?)

    homewatch Friday, 08 March 2013 03:57 PM

    We should send Ranil and wasantha to carry this document to the rest of the Indian population to place their signatures.

    agent Friday, 08 March 2013 04:05 PM

    really did you learn to write and speak in india? You are showing your uneducated backgraound cos we have a 90% literacy rate in our country according to all sources.

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Saturday, 09 March 2013 05:50 AM

    First probe Indian human rights violations in Kashmir.

    LOKKA Friday, 08 March 2013 01:41 PM

    No Drog, are you a bafoon or an idiot. How did you get the figure of 1.4 million only as literate people in SL? A population of 21 million and 95% literate !!!!

    LOKKA Friday, 08 March 2013 01:43 PM

    First let India give equal rights to Tamils by abolishing caste system. In caste ridden Jaffna society, majority of Tamils don't have equal rights.

    Kabul Friday, 08 March 2013 01:44 PM

    No Drog the sympathizer!

    shamindra ferdinando Friday, 08 March 2013 01:49 PM

    AI bosses singing for their supper

    RampUK Friday, 08 March 2013 01:59 PM

    How much they get paid to say this? Did they cunt one by one?

    Burul Friday, 08 March 2013 02:00 PM

    Ayyo, only 1.4 million people in country which has 1.3 billion people (due to their men's insatiable, uncontrollable desires) ? That is negligible.

    Nodrog Sunday, 10 March 2013 01:11 PM

    Seems No Drog is a moron! Even his name is not original.

    moorkara Saturday, 09 March 2013 09:44 AM

    no mater what so ever, even whole 1.3 billion indian sign a petition we dont care....we no which right for our country...

    ANTON Friday, 08 March 2013 05:30 PM

    NOW THIS BLOG IS VERY BORING I AM GONNA QUIT

    elakiri Friday, 08 March 2013 12:00 AM

    Just the TN population is around 600 million. 1.4 million is nothing in India. All that they were able to get is this much.. Ayyosalli... via DM Android App

    Ranjit Saturday, 09 March 2013 10:08 AM

    AI officials will have to insert the probes somewhere else with the help of 1.4 million Indians

    Selva Saturday, 09 March 2013 07:27 AM

    Searching water from hard rock????


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