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Tamil Diaspora Organisations Call for Accelerated Implementation of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka and a Parallel International Criminal Tribunal

GENEVA, March 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), the Irish Tamils Forum (ITF), the New Zealand Tamil Society (NZTS), and the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) acknowledge the passing of the resolution 'Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka' (40/1) at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and thank the Council members who worked towards it.

Iceland Called Upon Sri Lanka to Create a Special Judicial Mechanism for War Crimes and Urged to Prevent Further Delays in Transitional Justice

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - Iceland noted with concern that virtually no progress has been made in investigating or prosecuting domestically the large number of allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity collected by OHCHR in its investigation, and particularly those relating to military operations at the end of the war and called upon Sri Lanka to create a special judicial mechanism for this purpose.

TNA MP Sritharan at the UNHRC Urged to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC and to appoint a Rapporteur to Monitor the Militarization

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Sivagnanam Sritharan speaking at the Human Rights Council's general debate yesterday noted that the Tamil people in Sri Lanka are living under military occupation. To resolve occupation and militarization he urged the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to double the efforts of focus on the cultural and structural genocide which is taking place in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

ACTC Leader Gajen Ponnambalam at UNHRC Urges to Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC, Says the Gov Actions are Dishonest and Sinister

Geneva, 14 March 2019 - The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday speaking at the UN Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva urged the council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to establish a special court to look into war crimes. 

The Government of Sri Lanka had rejected the need for criminal accountability for Tamil victims of the conflict. The fact that Sri Lanka denied responsibility for its actions was dishonest and sinister, he said.

Sri Lanka War Crimes: UN Human Rights Chief Ms Michelle Bachelet Reiterates call to Investigate and Prosecute Wherever Possible under Universal Jurisdiction

Geneva, 08 March 2019 - United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Michelle Bachelet in a report released today (a) Urged the Human Rights Council to continue its close engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka and to monitor developments in the country; (b) Investigate and prosecute, wherever possible, in particular in accordance with universal jurisdiction principles, those allegedly responsible for such violations as torture, enforced disappearance, war crimes or crimes against humanity; and explore other options to advance accountability in the absence of credible domestic processes. (c) Continue to accompany the people of Sri Lanka in their efforts to address past human rights violations by supporting the establishment of adequate systems of accountability, justice and reconciliation.

Global Tamil Forum Calls To Ensure Sri Lanka Firmly Remains On The UNHRC Agenda with Time-Bound Action Plan

02 March 2019 - The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in a statement has called on the international community and the members of the UNHRC, to ensure that Sri Lanka firmly remains on the UNHRC agenda until all aspects of resolutions 30/1 and 34/1, are fully implemented without exceptions. "The new resolution contemplated must be strengthened by time-bound action plan and be subject to more rigorous monitoring by a special country rapporteur and/or by OHCHR presence in the country or by any other suitable mechanism.

Association Bharathi Centre Culturel Franco-Tamoul: Appeal by Tamil Diaspora, 120 NGOs and 3000 World Organizations to UNHRC: Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a Specially Created International Criminal Tribunal

Geneva, 02 March 2019 - Association Bharathi Centre Culturel Franco-Tamoul, representing Tamil Diaspora Organizations with support of more than 120 NGOs and more than 3000 organizations around the World, in a Jointly submitted appeal has urged UN High-commissioner for Human Rights and Member States of the UN Human Rights Council to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court (ICC) or to a specially created international criminal tribunal for Sri Lanka.

ICJ Urges Sri Lanka  to Take Immediate Measures to Establish the Judicial Mechanism with International Involvement - Encourages Member States to exercise universal jurisdiction

Geneva, 01 March 2019 - International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), a non-governmental organization in special consultative status, in a written statement to the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, urges Sri Lanka to take immediate measures to establish the judicial mechanism with international involvement as contemplated under operative paragraph 6 of Resolution 30/1 of the Council. The mechanism should ensure gender parity, be accessible for women in civil society, and allow female victims to fully participate in the process, it says.

North Macedonia at UNHRC Urges Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to Provide Answers to the Families of the Disappeared

Geneva, 26 February 2019 - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia speaking at the Human Rights Council's 40th session on Tuesday afternoon said North Macedonia urged Sri Lanka's Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to provide answers to the families of the disappeared. He welcomed the establishment of the Office for Reparations in Sri Lanka and expected the OMP to provide answers to the families of the disappeared.

UNHRC: UK Encourages Sri Lanka To Implement In Full The Commitments Made To The Council

Geneva, 25 February 2019 - The United Kingdom Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon speaking today at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, welcomed the decision of the Government of Sri Lanka to return more land to its people, and to establish an Office for Reparations and encouraged them to implement in full the commitments made to the Council to secure long-term reconciliation.

UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon's speech at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva:

High time for Sri Lanka to investigate well-known alleged perpetrators of torture - International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP)

The International Truth and Justice Project  - Sri Lanka (ITJP), Johannesburg, 25 February 2019 - If Sri Lanka is serious about tackling ongoing torture it needs to suspend and investigate a number of well known security officials named in United Nations reports in connection with torture. Vague assertions by successive Sri Lankan Governments of a “zero tolerance” policy for torture are meaningless in the light of multiple reports of past and ongoing torture and the impunity for those named in a number of reports as alleged torturers. 

“Unbearable treatment”: torture continues despite Sri Lankan government’s promise - Freedom from Torture

Freedom from Torture, February 20, 2019 - Ten years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, Freedom from Torture has documented evidence of torture of its Tamil citizens in the context of ongoing security operations. This is despite the Sri Lankan government’s stated ‘zero tolerance’ policy on torture, and commitments to promote human rights when it was elected in 2015. In 2015, the new government of President Sirisena pledged to promote accountability and human rights, including to the UN Human Rights Council.

TGTE Calls on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “Halt” Sri Lanka’s UNHRC “Charade”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, February 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), a democratic Tamil diaspora political entity advocating for accountability for Sri Lanka atrocity crimes against Tamils, submitted a comprehensive letter on February 15th to United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Michelle Bachelet ahead of her highly-anticipated report on Sri Lanka expected on March 8th.

Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to ICC - "Extention of Time will Deny Justice" says Ratnavale

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, February 5, 2019 / EINPresswire - In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria and to UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Tamil Lawyers Forum urged Sri Lanka be referred to International Criminal Court (ICC) and not to give any additional time to Sri Lanka, when Sri Lanka come up for review at the upcoming UNHRC Session in March 2019.

Letter to UNHRC from Civil Society Organizations working in the North and East

Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research, January 30, 2019 - We recommend that Your Excellency considers the following programmatic interventions as relevant for consideration by the HRC session of March 2019: 

1. That in your report to the Council in March 2019, report that Sri Lanka has shown and is incapable of developing political will for accountability and justice for all the reasons placed above, and thus recommend to the UN Secretary General to place the matter before an appropriate forum of the UN for suitable alternative action. 

Enough Evidence to Charge Sri Lanka’s new Chief of Army Staff with War Crimes - ITJP

ITJP, 29 January 2019, Johannesburg: There is more than enough evidence to suspend Sri Lanka’s new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Shavendra Silva, and charge him with war crimes and crimes against humanity, said the International Truth and Justice Project. The South Africa - based investigative group published a 1 37 - page d ossier on Sil va, detailing his role as one of the most important F ield C ommanders during the 2008 - 9 W ar. The dossier presents the most extensive body of evidence against him – or any Sri Lankan War - time commander - to date.

Geneva HRC40: FLICKERING HOPE IN SRI LANKA: Political will dimming - Amnesty Calls for International Pressure

24 January 2019 - "In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1 at the UN Human Rights Council to demonstrate the newly elected government’s commitment to break with impunity for a past marked by serious human rights violations. While the Resolution was welcomed both domestically and internationally, three years on, progress has been slow and political will dimming," said Amnesty International in a report released today. This report stands as Amnesty International’s evaluation of the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka in UNHRC Resolution 30/1.

War Crimes: Sri Lanka President rejects foreign pressure; Slovenia, the current Chair of the HRC, invites states that have not yet done so to ratify the Rome Statute

26 Sept 2018 - "We do not want any foreign power to exert influence on us," said Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing the 73rd Session of the United nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, he urged the international community to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own.

Video: https://gadebate.un.org/en/73/sri-lanka

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