TNA, OISL team discuss report

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has had talks with the team from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights investigating Sri Lanka (OISL) in Geneva and discussed the report scheduled to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council next month.

TNA Parliamentarian, M.A. Sumanthiran has told the team headed by Sandra Beidas that the report should be presented to the Council as scheduled next month and not deferred.

Meanwhile, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA was aware of the fact that there will be a move to delay the report in order to give the new Government time to show what it hopes to do.

“But here the Tamil diaspora and the Tamil National Alliance worked very hard to bring the resolution on Sri Lanka in Geneva. America also worked hard and got the support of several countries. We managed to get the majority vote to push for the investigation. So this investigation is important for the Tamil people,” he said.

922976_371507369624796_475705882_nThe resolution which was submitted and approved last March at the UN Human Rights Council, mandated the council to investigate the war in Sri Lanka and submit a report to the Council next month.

The former Government rejected the probe and refused to allow the investigations team to visit Sri Lanka. However the investigation continued from outside.

With a new Government taking office last month and promising a domestic investigation which meets international standards, there is now a push to defer the report.

However Premachandran said that if the report is delayed it would mean that nothing will eventually take place and so the TNA wants the report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council as scheduled during the March session. (Colombo Gazette)