UN Urged to Refer Sri Lanka to ICC Prosecutor – TGTE

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In the aftermath of the UNSG Panel report, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to refer the ruling class and the armed forces officers of Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor. As justification the TGTE claimed that of the five areas of potential serious violations committed by the Government of Sri Lanka as alleged by the Panel, four, have established that an act of genocide has been planned and perpetrated by Sri Lankan government and its armed forces

In the aftermath of the UNSG Panel report, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to refer the ruling class and the armed forces officers of Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor. The report was confirmed by Inner City Press.

As justification the TGTE claimed that of the five areas of potential serious violations committed by the Government of Sri Lanka as alleged by the Panel, four, namely

(i) killing of civilians through widespread shelling;

(ii) shelling of hospitals and humanitarian objects;

(iii) denial of humanitarian assistance;

(iv) human rights violations suffered by victims and survivors of the conflict, including both IDPs and suspected LTTE cadre;

Constitute actions directed by the Sinhalese Government and its Sinhalese army against the defenseless Tamil Civilians of Vanni and therefore clearly establish that an act of genocide has been planned and perpetrated by these elements.

Furthermore, additional evidence gleaned by the Panel on the ongoing exclusionary policies which are particularly deleterious as political, social and economic exclusion based on ethnicity corroborate that Tamils continue to be subjected to Genocidal crimes.

This report corroborates what TGTE and others have been saying all along about the mass killing of Tamils. The report explicitly mentions war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sri Lankan government‘s publicity stunt to white wash the Tamil killings has failed by the publication of this report. At last, there is reason to hope that justice will be served and Sri Lankan leaders will pay the price for the killing of Tamil people.

The report highlights rape, summary execution, enforced disappearances, widespread shelling, denial of food, and medicine and government’s attempts to intimidate and silence media. As the skeptics have all along claimed, the Sri Lankan government’s formation of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) also came under strong criticism. “LLRC is deeply flawed, does not meet international standards for an effective accountability mechanism….” said the report.

Earlier, the TGTE had submitted a detailed report to the UN Panel, outlining the Sri Lankan Government’s mass killings of Tamil civilians and also had arranged for firsthand testimony from Mr.Nadesan’s son. Mr.Nadesan was the head of the political wing of the LTTE and his son's testimony gave inside information on the final moments of Nadesan’s life. Another credible testimony was provided by the wife of Col Ramesh.

TGTET hopes that this report is the first step in holding Sri Lanka’s political and military leaders to account and expects that these men will eventually face war crime, crimes against humanity and Genocide charges.

The report also didn't fail to criticize the UN itself and its Human Rights Council for abysmal failures during and in the immediate aftermath of the Final War. We hope that this report will be a catalyzed to be reforms to the UN itself.

It is the earnest hope of the TGTE that this report will also initiate a dialogue for remedial measures. We believe that letting both the Tamil nation and the Sinhala nation to coexist as good neighbors, not keeping them in a forced marriage and certainly not in this kind of perpetual war of attrition.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is democratically elected body of the diaspora Tamils. It held elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament. It drafted and adopted a Constitution elected a Prime Minister, Speaker and a ten member Cabinet.

Contact Deluxon Morris (UK): Tel: +(44) 7940020758 or Email: warcrime (at)tgte(dot)org
http://www.tgte-us.org

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