Tamil Diplomat

Japan stations its special peace and reconciliation envoy in Sri Lanka

Japan said that it will station a special peace and reconciliation envoy in Sri Lanka and that he will be taking position there in October. Japanese representative to the UN Human Rights Council announced this plan during his remarks on UNHRC High commissioner Zeid’s introductory speech   on the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL).

A number of UNHRC members and NGOs  in their remarks referred to the horrendous crimes committed  by both parties during the final war.   Several countries urged the Lankan government to keep its promise to seek the assistance of the international community and the UN.

Switzerland urged Sri Lanka to reform its laws and institutions to allow for the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Estonia called upon  Lanka to sign the Rome Statute and come under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Russia underlined the need for allowing Lanka to choose the kind of help it wants from the international community, and to decide where it wants help and to what extent.

Pakistan said that Lanka should be appreciated for defeating terrorism and appealed to the Western world not to be too critical of it as the West had also committed atrocities. If the UNHRC goes for a country-specific resolution it should be acceptable to that country as in the current case, Pakistan said. Sri Lanka is a co-sponsor of a resolution on itself. The Fijian delegated said that Lanka should be given time and space to bring

The International Committee of Jurists said that Lanka should subject itself to the ICC by signing the Rome Statute.