PMK flays “denial” of visa to UN team

cf77e05280b3746c2109252eae707dce_MNDA ally PMK today slammed the Centre for its reported refusal to grant visa to a UN team probing alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, saying if it was true, it will become “dark pages” in the history of human rights.

Citing reports, party founder leader S Ramadoss said Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission had confirmed this besides saying that the refusal of visas was a very significant gesture by India.

“If such reports are true, then it will create a big dent

in the history of Indian human rights. Once upon a time, the first voices against human rights violations in any part of the world came from India,” he said in a statement.

India creating of a ‘roadblock’ in the UN probe by denying visas is “unacceptable,” he said adding this issue will become “dark pages in the history of human rights.”

Ramadoss said documentary film-maker Callum Macrae, who wanted to screen his film on killings of Tamils in Sri Lanka in Delhi last year was denied visa by the previous UPA and urged the Modi government not to do the same “mistake”.

“Respecting the Tamils’ sentiments, the UN probe should be allowed to be conducted in India and for this purpose the Narendra Modi government should provide visas for the members,” he said.