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New Zealand needs to lend its support to an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, Green Party human rights spokesperson Jan Logie said today.

A draft resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, sponsored by the United States, creates the opportunity for an international investigation into alleged war crimes. The resolution will be voted on near the end of the UN Human Rights Council session in late March. Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries have indicated they will support an international inquiry.

“The Human Rights Council session presents an opportunity for New Zealand to push for accountability and protection of human rights action in regard to the worrying situation in Sri Lanka,” Ms Logie said.

“Our representatives at the United Nations should be doing all they can to support an independent investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka

“Five years after the civil war ended in Sri Lanka there has been no accountability for thousands of civilian deaths and this puts the lives of people today at risk, as well as future peace in the region.

“The Sri Lankan Government has set up a number of internal processes that have been discredited,” Ms Logie said.

“Given this was the regime in power during the final months of the civil war this seems hardly surprising.

“Those who speak out for human rights in Sri Lanka today face intimidation and abuse.

“New Zealand’s inaction in speaking out over human rights abuses last year during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting was shameful.

“New Zealand cannot continue to bury its head over human rights issues,” Ms Logie said.

“It is vital that we speak out on behalf of those who have died in the Sri Lankan conflict and those that continue to suffer persecution.

“The people of Sri Lanka need a way forward from the trauma of the civil war.

“New Zealand is still accepting Tamil refugees under the UN quota system and they deserve to know that we are advocating on their behalf internationally.

“Countries such as New Zealand need to support the long overdue international investigation into the allegations of war crimes and abuse,” Ms Logie said. (Source: Scoop Media)

  Comments - 16

  • laxman Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:14 AM

    Please do that ASAP and you will find out where the poison actually came from

    soaf Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:00 PM

    Where the hell were these so called human rights activists during the war?

    raj Tuesday, 11 March 2014 08:10 AM

    Green Party guys should first look at the discrimination on Maori people in Sri Lanka first, They do not talk about that as they are fear about their own PAKIHA guys, Shame,

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:42 AM

    IF SL is SO bad even after ending a 30 yr old war, which was funded by the Diaspora and western governments for the LTTE.. its about time the so called ADVOCATES absorb if not most, all tamils to their own the chances of the Tamils being abused is next to nothing...

    M.Muttha Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:03 PM

    Nothing new. Follow the descendants of our forefathers in Old Bailey. via DM iPad app

    M.Muttha Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:08 PM

    Before you make the next move have a chat with Maori leaders in NZ. They will tell you how their forefathers were treated very very humanely by the British colonialists. Maoris were almost decimated from their traditional homelands like what the British settlers did to the American Indians in the New World. via DM iPad app

    gunawardena Tuesday, 11 March 2014 07:12 PM

    Let all if them go to new zealand good riddens

    ABC Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:08 AM

    Ram seems lots of free time to advicate HR issues in SL. via DM Android App

    Ishan Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:40 AM

    Where were you mam, during last 30 years? What do you know about Sri Lanka?

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 11 March 2014 05:53 AM

    [quote name="ram"]wow good news on the right track. Ram - Batticaloa[/quote]
    Clutching at straws Ram?

    max Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:48 AM

    supportm and thank whoever supporting human rights.

    Piyal S Goonetilleke Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:24 AM

    How about a HR probe into NZ Diary companies feeding poison to the whole world?

    ack Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:57 AM

    we'll said ram via DM Android App

    Vic Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:59 AM

    Yep, you are right madam, Srilanka needs an thorough International investigation.

    ram Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:21 AM

    wow good news on the right track. Ram - Batticaloa

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 11 March 2014 03:23 AM

    Funny, where was Logie during the 30yr conflict...slumbering??

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