Sri Lanka PM rejects international accountability in Oxford talk, TGTE protesters arrested

Sri Lanka’s prime minister has spoken out against international involvement in investigations, during his talk at the Oxford Union today. “At the moment we don’t feel there is a need for foreign input into these investigations,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. President Srisena too had said that they don’t need International investigations it is common in Sri Lanka that the without the international investigation all crimes against the Tamils will be covered and truth will not to light.

Since May 2009 when the conflict came to an end the government promised an independent investigation and no body in the government Army were arrested or punished but most of the war crime accused were given diplomatic states to stay safe.

Sri Lanka agreed to investigate into war-time atrocities with international involvement when co-sponsoring a UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, in March 2015. The Sri Lankan government used all options available to buy time to cover up the crimes done by its army towards the Tamils In 2009 where more than 40,000 Tamil civilians were killed and more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with White Flag after UN negotiated the surrender were killed by the SL Army.

A protest was held outside the Oxford union during Wickremesinghe’s talk by the TGTE members and three were arrested by the British police for holding LTTE flag.

The Tamil Youth Organisation also criticised the invitation saying “Sri Lanka tends to use these platforms to alleviate the public and international community’s pressure away from evident anti-Tamil policies in Sri Lanka.”

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