Statement by eyewitness of final battle to be sent to UNHRC

UNHRCA statement made by a Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member, who was an eyewitness to the final stages of the war, is to be sent to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

NPC member S. Kugadas had made his maiden speech at the Northern Provincial Council last week.

In his speech he made references to the final stages of the war.

Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran had then requested that the speech be sent to the UNHRC which is currently meeting in Geneva.

The Northern Provincial Council agreed to the request.

The NPC member said that he had witnessed firsthand the brutal effects of the final stages of the war.

He alleged that hundreds of civilians were killed during the battle, including those who were receiving treatment in hospitals as a result of the hospitals also coming under attack.

The new NPC member also alleged that during the final battle there were around 500,000 people in LTTE controlled areas but only around 300,000 managed to flee and the rest are believed to have died.

Meanwhile, the Northern Provincial Council at its sittings held on 27.02.2018 called upon the UN Human Right Council to refer Sri Lanka to an International Judicial Mechanism.

A Resolution by the NPC recalled that the Government of Sri Lanka was a co-sponsor and signatory to the resolution 30/l titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ at the UNHCR session in Geneva in September 20I 5, committing itself to set up an impartial judicial mechanism which will include foreign judges, lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, to investigate the allegation of violations and abuses of Human Rights and violations to international humanitarian law.

However, the NPC noted that the Government of Sri Lanka has not only failed to take any meaningful steps towards implementing Resolution 30/1, but that the President, the Prime Minister, and other senior members of the Government have clearly and categorically proclaimed that they will not fully implement the Resolution.

This NPC called on the UNHRC and the international community to require Sri Lanka to ratify the Rome Statute as recommended by the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) Report of September 2015.

Recognising that the Tamil people are a Nation with their traditional homeland in the contiguous North-East region of Sri Lanka, and that they are entitled to self-determination, the NPC Resolution calls upon the International Community, especially the United States, the European Union, and India to mediate a political solution.

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