When addressing allegations of war crimes, govt. has to balance domestic audience if it were to remain in office
he 261-page-report on Sri Lanka presented to the UN Human Rights Council is not a pleasant reading.
Understandably so, because, it refers to the rot that set in this country for too long. It offers a catalogue of allegations of grotesque abuses and potential war crimes that took place between 2001-2009. It says Sri Lankan institutions are not yet ready for holding a credible internal investigation and recommends a ‘hybrid court’ which involves foreign judges and investigators to probe allegations of the ‘horrific level’ of war crimes……………… READ MORE
The TNA’s political manifestos at one time not only endorsed the LTTE but consciously operated as the outfit’s political arm. There’s culpability and therefore the principle of accountability cannot bypass the TNA leadership. The ignorance and incompetence of the authors can be understood and part of it can even be blamed on the arrogance of the previous regime. Regardless, when things start to move, the guilt or otherwise of key individuals in the previous regime will be incidental to the issue of national reconciliation. Accountability is important. The ‘prosecution’ part of it could prove to be a political explosive that a country struggling to achieve inter-community resolve can ill afford. …………………….. READ MORE
The latest “Geneva Report on Sri Lanka, or the Report of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Sri Lanka, was released on September 16 in Geneva during its currently ongoing 30th session. Ironically, this is happening at a time when the very heat of the current struggle of the European Union (which, incidentally was a major force behind the UNHRC report on Sri Lanka) in its bid to cope with the massive influx of Syrian refugees, is being felt strongly across the whole of Europe, including Geneva. The Syrian refugee crisis has virtually engulfed and shaken the European Union, the 2nd largest economy in the world with all its economic and technological might……………… READ MORE