The former Chief Minister of Northern Province and the Secretary General of Tamizh Makkal Koottanii, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran has said that the President had without any accountability obligation that the people who had gone missing had been killed in the war and that he should say where, when and by whom the killed persons were killed and he should reveal on the basis of which inquiry he is saying so.
The President saying that, more than 20,000 people, who had gone missing had been killed in the war, has implied to the International Community the need for undertaking a complete International Independent Investigation relevant to the war crimes and the crimes against humanity, perpetrated in the final war of Sri Lanka, Justice Wigneswaran had said.
It has been stated in the statement issued relevant to this, by Wigneswaran , few days ago.
International media have published news items giving importance to His Excellency, Gotabhaya Rajapakse saying to the UN Resident Representative that the people who had gone missing had been killed in the war, is in a way, blasting away the hopes of our people who are continuously engaging in struggle with an anxiety of anticipating a word from their relatives who were forced to disappear during the war.
His Excellency the President has in a most simple way and without any regard to the expectations and distress of the relatives of the persons forced to disappear and most irresponsibly has said that he cannot bring the dead persons and that action will be taken to issue death certificate to them.
With an intention of putting a full stop to the struggles of the relatives of persons made to disappear during the war, who are living in distress for several years, with a hope that their relatives are alive somewhere and that their voices will reach their ears some day, His Excellency the President had said that the persons who had gone missing had been killed in the war, on the basis of truths known only to him.
However, as the president expects, this is not in accordance with the regulations relevant to “Accountability in War”. His Excellency the President who has said that people who had gone missing had been killed in the war should also say where, when and by whom the killed persons were killed and he should reveal on the basis of which inquiry he is saying so, to the UNHRC, International Community and the people of this country.
If an investigation had been conducted, he is liable now to reveal, when and whom conducted the said investigation. Importantly, relatives, friends and well wishers who handed over to the Army several of the missing persons alive are still alive. It has not been stated that any of them had been called for these investigations. Then, the people have the right to know, as to, on the basis of which kind of investigations he had said like that.
Meanwhile, all knew that more than 20,000 people had gone missing. His Excellency the President saying that they had been killed in war demonstrate the necessity and importance of the UN Human Rights Commission’s Resolution that an International Independent Investigations should be held into the war crimes and the crimes against the Humanity, perpetrated during the final war. I request that the Member States should take this during UN Human Rights Commission’s sessions to be held in the forthcoming Month of March. Actually, our Members of Parliament should travel to the Member States and clarify to them the necessity of raking our affair to International Criminal Court. The statement of His Excellency, the President has made such activities very essential. From this statement we could guess what will the Government say at Geneva.
There are three types people among the people who had gone missing. First kind are those who had gone missing during the war. The second kind were made to disappear beyond War Zones. The Third kind are those who surrendered to or handed over by parents or Relatives to responsible Army Officers following their requests after the end of the war. The implication of the statement of His Excellency the President is that all these people had died. The incumbent President was the Secretary to Defence when the war was waged and as he ha d stated several times that he directed the war to its finish, maybe there is truth in his statement. This is why I insist that the context of how this much of thousands of people met their last should clarified to International Community and our people through proper International Investigation. Only this will the peace of mind to our relatives of the missing persons. Such a accounting activity could bring in Reconciliation.
Thus, His Excellency the President should reveal first the whole details of any investigation he had undertaken or if he had not conducted a reliable investigation, he should pave the way for an International Investigation. As per the information we received during the post war period, it was said that it was the Army which requested the people to surrender and it is the Army who took over them. If it so, His Excellency the President should say why he had not called the Army personnel who had taken over them and asked from them as to what had happened to those who had been taken over by them.