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A resolution calling upon Sri Lanka to fully investigate the cause of death of thousands of civilians during civil war and to establish genuine reconciliation is to be tabled during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which opens tomorrow.
According to The Independent, Sri Lanka is assiduously making efforts to block any such measure.
The move to pass the resolution follows the findings of a UN-appointed panel which last year said there were "credible allegations" both the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were responsible for war crimes in the final stages of the decades-long civil war.
The panel suggested tens of thousands of civilians lost their lives in the last days and weeks of the combat and that Sri Lankan troops fired into a supposed "no fire zone".

While Sri Lanka rejected the report, it constituted its own internal investigation, the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
This report, which claimed the armed forces had not acted inappropriately, was rejected by the UN and criticised by human rights groups.
A large team of Sri Lankan officials, headed by Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, is lobbying countries to oppose any resolution, saying such a move would damage ongoing reconciliation efforts.
A government spokesman, Susil Premajayantha, said rallies would be held across Sri Lanka in opposition to the move.
"We will organise demonstrations to show that the people of this country are with the government. They are against the Western forces. We have lobbied member countries [of the UNHRC] and the feedback that we have is very positive. We will be able to block any resolution against us," the paper quoted Premajayantha, as saying.
According to the paper, an earlier attempt to pass a resolution against Sri Lanka in 2009 failed, mainly because of the decision by India, Pakistan and other nations to adopt a different document that praised the Sri Lankan government for its treatment of refugees. (Source: ANI)

  Comments - 9

  • Real peace Sunday, 26 February 2012 05:46 PM

    Why can't we readily accept any international probe and prove that we have not done anything wrongl? We are seen as guilty people as we run away from probe.

    jamaldeen Monday, 27 February 2012 05:18 AM

    Why ? Are you guilty? if so face it or let them go with it, if you are innnocent.

    If you make blunders you have to face it now or Later,that is
    the natures way.

    Lionel Monday, 27 February 2012 05:30 AM

    Sri Lanka wont have a chance this time. They will be exposed in right royal style.

    hilmy Monday, 27 February 2012 09:28 AM

    why it is only against SL ? They have done enough during gulf war, during so called searhing for WMD in Iraq now weekly basis in Afghan and they r going to do in Iran.Pillai unfortunately not seeing this killings may be due to race not related to her.

    Bradman Monday, 27 February 2012 11:35 AM

    Very True. Yes race has a lot to say in this respect. One may do wrong but they go with the race and support them.

    Peter Monday, 27 February 2012 11:48 AM

    Lionel you may be in a lion's mask - but not this time mate.

    William Monday, 27 February 2012 11:50 AM

    Yes Jamaldeen. They didnt see the blunders and atrocities by the Tamil Tigers. Its sad these human rights were sleeping at the time. Tamil tigers killed thousands of innocent.

    Billy goat Monday, 27 February 2012 11:53 AM

    Its nothing to do with guilt - it is the tamil diaspora and tiger supporters who are creating trouble as they couldn't finght the Army. What a shame. These bloody people are all over the world. Plenty in UK!!! but the debate in UK parliament went well and most for SL won.

    zorro Monday, 27 February 2012 12:29 PM

    does it mean because the UNHCR kept silent in other events, we can go on killing innocent people and no one should comment on it? GOOD ARGUMENT!

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