UN Rights Body Seeks Entry to Lanka Despite Govt’s Refusal

The UNHRC panel to probe alleged human rights abuses during final stages of armed conflict in Sri Lanka will continue to seek access to the country despite its refusal to allow them into the nation.

The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was empowered by the UNHRC resolution late March to carry out an independent investigation into alleged rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s final stages of the war with the LTTE which ended in 2009. In the terms of reference for the probe showed on the OHCHR website, it says it will continue to seek to engage with the Government of Sri Lanka in accordance with the resolution.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights will continue to request for the team conducting the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to have access to the country to meet with government officials and others, as well as to have access to all relevant documentation.

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The government has refused to cooperate with the investigation. If this investigation by the UN body goes head than the Sri Lankan Leaders will be exposed of the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by its Army in May 2009 in Mullivaikal.

UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said today there would be no need for foreign experts to intervene in our internal affairs if democracy and an independent judiciary were ensured, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations carried out and the 17th Amendment re-instated.

But the UN and the Sri Lankan government are united in hiding the killing of more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with white flag by the Sri Lankan forces after UN officers negotiated the surrender. When UN officer who negotiated the White flag surrender of the LTTE Leaders and their family members was questioned about the killing, he said that ”I went to sleep after the negotiation of the surrender”. The killing of the surrendered LTTE members and their family members is embasing to the UN office as in future no conflicting parties will not have any trust on them as the Sri Lankan Army who killed the surrendered LTTE members are unpunished and are laughing at the the UN.

Sri Lankan government is using its supportive Sinhala racist parties to threaten the Tamil community who want justice and want to know why their relatives mostly civilians were killed by the SL Forces. Parents and next of skins of the Tamils missing in Sri Lanka are threatened by governments paramilitary members to not to complain.

Opposition leader Wickramasinge said ”while on the one hand the government was seeking the intervention of foreign envoys by appointing them to the Commission on Missing Persons, on the other hand it was attacking envoys who were engaged in matters pertaining to missing persons. “The government must rescind the appointment of foreign diplomats to the Commission on Missing Persons. We won’t need this kind of intervention if democracy and an independent judiciary were ensured and LLRC recommendations implemented,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.

The UN rights chief in June appointed three experts — former Finland President Martti Ahtisaari, former High Court judge of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright and former President of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Asma Jahangir — to play a supportive and advisory role. They will help independent verification throughout the investigation to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged violations, abuses and crimes by LTTE and the Sri Lankan government forces.

The OISL will conduct a desk review of existing documents and information, including government and civil society reports, collect and document victims testimonies and the accounts of survivors, witnesses and alleged perpetrators.