The All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) in the UK, has strongly urged the international community to establish a special hybrid court to ensure accountability and justice for mass atrocities in Sri Lanka, as recommended by the OHCHR report released today in Geneva.
The statement released by the APPGT is as follows:
“We are shocked by the UN’s report into human rights abuses and war crimes at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The report makes harrowing reading, and presents evidence of gross human rights abuses suffered by mainly Tamil civilians at the hands of Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tigers,” the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG-T) said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The UN’s report only came about because the UK and other members of the UNHRC demanded an independent investigation into human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, an investigation that the Sri Lankan government attempted to block.”
“Today’s report is not the end of the Tamil people’s struggle for justice, it is barely the beginning. The people of Sri Lanka desperately need reconciliation. But true reconciliation can only take place after proper accountability for the grave human rights abuses set out in the UN’s report.”
“In light of today’s shocking and damning report, the APPG for Tamils again calls on the members of the UN Human Rights Council to ensure that a robust accountability mechanism is put in Sri Lanka under UN supervision.”
“The APPG for Tamils will be monitoring the situation closely. Both James Berry MP and Wes Streeting MP will be attending the UNHRC in Geneva.”
The report was welcomed by the UK government, which said it would study the OHCHR’s recommendations closely.