Sri Lanka’s Abusive Behavior at UN Human Rights Council Disgraces UN body: TGTE

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Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) condemned the speech made by Sri Lankan Government’s representative at the United National Human Rights Council. It calls into question Sri Lanka’s commitment to address mass killings of Tamil civilians and highlights the importance of establishing an international commission of inquiry. Sri Lanka is using intimidation tactics and attacks the messenger. UN Human Rights Council has taken several important steps to protect civilians and took decisive steps to hold who commit war crimes to face charges. Sri Lanka should not be an exception.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) condemned the speech made by Sri Lankan Government’s representative Ms. Kshenuka Senewiratne at the United National Human Rights Council. The speech was in response to the UN war crimes report was personal, intimidating and abusive to the UN body, said the TGTE spokesman.

It calls into question Sri Lanka’s commitment to address mass killings of Tamil civilians and highlights the importance of establishing an international commission of inquiry, said the spokesman. UN Human Rights Council has taken several important steps to protect civilians and took decisive steps to hold who commit war crimes to face charges. Sri Lanka should not be an exception, continued the spokesman.

According to the recent UN report and from several international organizations and media, tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and women were raped in the final months of the war that ended in May 2009, said the spokesman. Several died of starvation when Sri Lankan government prevented food from reaching Tamils and several injured were bled to death when medical aid was blocked, said the spokesman.

Instead of addressing the facts of the report, Sri Lanka’s representative went on character assassination of UN officials and was abusive towards the UN body, said the spokesman. Sitting next to the Sudan representative, Sri Lanka’s representative used intimidation as a tactic to silence any voices of reason for the war crimes allegation piled against the Sri Lankan government, continued the spokesman.

The spokesman further said that the UN Diplomats and staff got a taste of what Tamil civilians are undergoing in Sri Lanka. If this is the way Sri Lanka is treating UN officials, International community can imagine the plight of Tamils in the island of Sri Lanka, said the spokesman. After committing mass killings, rape and starvation deaths, the Sri Lankan Government is using intimidation to escape scrutiny for its actions, continued the spokesman.

The real truth is that the Sri Lankan government is unwilling to face credible evidence of War crimes allegations and is trying to divert the attention by attacking the messenger, said the spokesman. UN member states should look into the facts of the abuses and the history of Sri Lankan governments accountability practices and take decisive steps to ensure that those committed war crimes are held accountable and send a clear message that war criminals have no place in the world today, said the spokesman.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of Tamil diaspora. TGTE held elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MP’s drafted and ratified a Constitution, elected a Prime Minister, Speaker and a ten member Cabinet.

For information contact: Deluxon Morris (UK): +44-794-002-0758, Email: d.morris(at)tgte(dot)org
Visit at http://www.tgte-us.org and contact at info(at)tgte-us(dot)org

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