According to a leaked UN document acquired by Channel 4 News, it casts serious doubt over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes.
Channel 4 said it has been supplied with the leaked document which critics claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.
“The document appears to be have been created by the UN in conjunction with the Sri Lankan government, and outlines plans to set up a purely domestic inquiry into human rights violations – with technical support from the UN “ Channel 4 reported today.
According to Channel 4 News, the leaked UN plan claims that the “implementing partners” for the scheme would include, along with the Sri Lankan government, the Tamil-dominated Northern Provincial Council (NPC), widely seen as representing the popular voice of the Tamils.
However, when contacted by Channel 4 News about NPC being “implementing partners” , the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister , former Sri Lankan Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran, told that the UN had not even consulted them on the plan.
He added that despite the fact that under the scheme the council stood to receive half a million dollars in funding, he was minded to reject it.
The full Channel 4 report is available here: