US exonerates SL of war crimes? Copy of UN War Crimes report to President
It is learnt that a copy of the report on war crimes, alleged to have taken place in Sri Lanka, which has been prepared by a special committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is to be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena tomorrow (22).
If such a report on human rights is prepared by the UNHRC against a certain country, it is the general tradition to make arrangements to hand over a copy of the report in confidence to the President of the relevant country prior to submitting it to the sessions of the Council.
Although Opposition politicians mentioned on the election stages during the past few days that, two civilians and 41 members of the security forces have been mentioned in this report as being accountable for the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, a news item aired on British ‘Channel -4’ television said Sri Lanka and the UNHRC have arrived at a secret agreement to establish a local mechanism of international standards to inquire into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
‘Channel-4’ television has revealed that Sri Lanka has received the total blessing of the United States of America (USA) for establishing a local mechanism, quoting the secret report of the UNHRC which is to be handed over to the President of Sri Lanka tomorrow.
In addition, it is reported that the USA is reported to submit a document releasing Sri Lanka from the accusation of war crimes at the 30th Session of the UNHRC scheduled to begin on 14 September.
According to this document from America, it is stated that the Sri Lankan Government has acted during the final week of the war in compliance with Clause No. 4 of the Draft of the United Nations Geneva Human Rights Charter in order to ensure the protection of civilians. Clause No. 4 of the Geneva Charter is set aside on behalf of the procedure a government should follow in connection with the protection of civilians during a war.
According to this document, during the final six months of the war of the LTTE organization a large number of Tamil civilians had been used as human shields, and that these incidents took place during the attempt of the Security Forces of Sri Lanka trying to save them and that they were not war crimes. President Maithripala Sirisena has made a strong statement at the meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central Committee that even if the name of a war hero who dedicated himself to the war victory is mentioned in the UNHRC report he would not act in any way that would betray anyone.