Sri Lanka Vehemently Rejects Inquiry Into War Crimes

The government says the probe call reflects a ‘preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda’

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In the former war zone in Mannar, the discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it.

Sri Lanka has rejected a call for an international investigation into the war crimes allegedly committed in the country’s bloody civil war, saying it was “tantamount to an unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.”

The call, made in a report by U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay, precedes next month’s release of a U.N. Human Rights Council review of Sri Lanka’s progress — or lack of — in investigating the alleged crimes.

Both the Sri Lankan military and the rebel Tamil Tigers are accused of committing crimes including shelling civilians, summary executions, blocking food and aid to civilians and recruiting child soldiers.

It is expected that the U.N. Human Rights Council will consider a resolution establishing an independent international investigation at a meeting in March if no progress is made before then.

As many as 40,000 Tamil civilians may have died in Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict, which ended in 2009.

[AP]

7 comments
holt
holt

I am sorry guys your investment went under in may 2009. 30 years of investment bank rolling the LTTE

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Several members of the international community are increasingly of the opinion that Ms. Navi Pillay the UN Rights Chief should recuse herself from further involvement in the Sri Lanka issue since she is also an ethnic Tamil herself. In the larger interests of neutrality the global community and the UN should appoint a more balanced person to replace Ms. Pillay in her current role.


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ShivaForJustice
ShivaForJustice

Let the international community conduct an independent international transparent investigation and put an end to the Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid racist malicious propaganda and crimes against humanity.


Canadian Courts have awarded the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) for their lawsuit against Rohan Gunaratna. Now the CTC may file lawsuits in Singapore where Rohan Gunaratna lives and in the UK as well. Tamil Diaspora has determined to put an end to the Sinhala Buddhist malicious propaganda against the innocent Tamils.

The World must unite together and put an end to the Sinhala Buddhist Apartheid racism, hate crimes, oppression, war crimes and terrorism for good.

swarran
swarran

Wake up YasithAriyasena. Sri Lanka was accused for prevented food reaching victims. It bombed food conveys to deprive civilians getting access to food and food was used as a weapon against civilians. LTTE too killed civilians over the period of 30 years. However if you know the basic Math and willing to use your brain, you will realize that LTTE is responsible for may be 10% of the civilian causalities. Rest was accomplished by Sri Lankan state terrorist. By bashing editors you cannot bend the fact.

YasithAriyasena
YasithAriyasena

Michelle, either you got some serious problem with your grammar, which is most definitely not up to the standards of Time or you're one of those reporters who're still trying to breath some life into the dead separatist war. This article itself is compiled out of false information and as an international media institution, be responsible of what you report. The Sri Lankan military has never been accused of recruiting child soldiers nor has they blocked food and aid to civilians, in fact, they are the ones who opened the Malvil Aru reservoir to the civilians when the LTTE had blocked it. This is a continuation of the string of accusations the pro-tiger diaspora is throwing and it's sad to see that many accept it without looking into the truth. And I wonder, where you got the 40,000 Tamil casualty figure which is not only false but let me ask you, why don't you put the number of innocent Sri Lankans, be it Sinhalese, Muslims or Tamils who were murdered in cold blood or bombed by the terrorists? What of all those war crimes India committed in their two year peace keeping mission in Sri Lanka? What of the Indian government who fed the tiger terrorists with weapons and training? If any war crime investigation should be carried on, that's the scope it should look at. Not the so called last 3 or 4 months of a 30 year war as Navi Pillay says.

ShivaForJustice
ShivaForJustice

@YasithAriyasena - Let the International Community investigate the 30 Year war or since independence on the crimes committed by all sides. 


Why would the Sinhala Buddhist racists deny an international independent investigation? Because the successive Sinhala regimes and its forces have committed mass atrocities, war crimes and genocide!

YasithAriyasena
YasithAriyasena

@ShivaForJustice There's no need of a international investigation since we're a sovereign country and Sri Lanka is perfectly capable of conducting one on its own. I don't want to be racist, but since you're pointing explicitly at Sinhala Buddhists, how can an international 'independent' investigation be independent when the very person who calls for it is Tamil? The international community needs to look at this matter from an unbiased perspective. And please come to Sri Lanka and see the situation for your self. What the end of war has brought the country, and its people. I myself work in a multi-national corporation and I work with Tamil people on a daily basis, and we treat them as our own brothers and sisters and so do they. What baffles me is, it's not them, the majority of the Tamils who live in Sri Lanka, save some who make a living out of diaspora funds, who call for an international investigation, but those who are not in the country, those who have taken the easy way out to Canada, UK and other countries. If anybody's got the right to call and international investigation, it's the Sri Lankan Tamils who have that right. Not those who doesn't even have Sri Lankan nationality. And what you'll see is that the Sri Lankan Tamils are enjoying every bit of true freedom the end of war has brought them. So please, mind your own business and leave Sri Lanka alone. We're a nation at peace, reconciliation and prosperity. We ended a 3 decade war, a feat no other country has achieved with so called military power. So we're very much capable of looking after own people.