A Sri Lankan government report disregards the "worst abuses" by government forces towards the end of the war that killed the Tamil Tigers in 2009, Human Rights Watch has said.
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report also "rehashes longstanding recommendations and fails to advance accountability for victims of Sri Lanka's armed conflict", it said Saturday.
The "serious shortcomings" of the 388-page report "highlight the need for an international investigative mechanism into the conflict as recommended by the UN Secretary-General's Panel of Experts in April".
"While the UN Panel of Experts recommended the establishment of an independent international mechanism to (probe) alleged violations, the LLRC report provides no realistic pathway for holding accountable military and government officials implicated in serious abuses.
"Governments and UN bodies have held back for the past 18 months to allow the Sri Lankan commission to make progress on accountability," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
"The commission's failure to provide a road map for investigating and prosecuting wartime perpetrators shows the dire need for an independent, international commission." (Source: IANS)
Brad Adams is paid by the Tamil diaspora.? These NGOs thrive upon conflict so can we expect them to say anything else?
coconut Donkey Sunday, 18 December 2011 11:39 AM
Seems like this statement by HRW too was compiled 18 months ago...
jterm Sunday, 18 December 2011 12:20 PM
fist let's setup an international committee to probe the gross HR violations against Palestinians by Israel. Next, how about a little investigation into the FALSE WMD info that led to the war in Iraq? Maybe we can bring Bush, Powell and Rice to the Hague for crimes against Humanity. How about probing Gitmo? Double standards!
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