Anuradha Mittal, the Executive Director of the Oakland Institute has warned that granting more time to Sri Lanka to implement the UN resolution will only delay justice for those who have already waited for a very long time.
She made this remark in an interview with The Tamil Diplomat on Monday, to discuss the findings of the latest report of the Oakland Institute published today under the title of “Justice Denied: A Reality Check on Resettlement, Demilitarization, and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka”.
“Given the lack of will and ability of the government of Sri Lanka to implement the resolution so far, continued militarization of the North and East, delay in returning people to lands and homes and secure livelihoods, a mere extension of time will accomplish nothing and only delay justice who have already waited for a very long time” Anuradha said.
She further said the following:
The Minister of Justice has warned that anyone discussing mass graves or alleging that the Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes would be considered an enemy of the nation and could face legal action. President Sirisena boasts of his ability to silence the international community and rejected international involvement despite its commitment under the resolution.
This makes it imperative that instead of lauding the government for doing nothing, the Human Rights Council should call out the failure of the Sri Lankan government and instead propose an international mechanism to implement justice to ensure long lasting peace and security in the region.