International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) has raised concerns over the leaked UNHRC document which outlines plans to set up a purely domestic inquiry into human rights violations in Sri Lanka – with technical support from the UN.
“We are shocked and very disappointed to learn that the UNHCR is planning to conduct an internal inquiry under, the all Sinhala, Government of Sri Lanka which in itself is accused of committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against us, the Eelam Tamils, during the war of aggression against us” ICET said in a media statement released yesterday .
Below is the rest of the statement:
Based on a leaked document from UNHRC, the Channel 4, which brought out video evidence showing atrocities committed by the Sinhalese Armed forces against Eelam Tamil civilians is questioning whether justice will ever be served to the victims.
The UNHRC postponed the release of the report from last March to coming September citing the “regime change” in Sri Lanka and the need for giving a chance to better governance. However, no tangible changes has been sen by us. The postponement of the report was forced on us as the victims who are awaiting justice for six long years.
Under these circumstances, the news about the contents of the report to be released in September which is recommending an internal investigation favouring the Government of Sri Lanka, which is accused, while ignoring the pleas of the victims is against any accepted norms of justice. We also strongly condemn the pressure being exerted on Chief Minister Justice Vigneswaran to accept such an illegal stance to an internal investigation under the Government of Sri Lanka.
Our non-violent struggle, armed struggle, and the political phase in succession, after the Mullivaikkaal Massacre, focussed on demanding justice from the UNHRC because we trusted in this august body for Justice.
Promoting and protecting the Government of Sri Lanka’s interest, which is continuing to commit genocide to subjugate us will never be accepted by us under any circumstances. The Justice that is long over due should be meted out today. This is our final and absolute stand.
Even if you keep denying justice, we will continue to pound your doors for it because we, the Tamils, are still awaiting justice and you, representing the International Community, are expected to be in a position to deliver it impartially.