India Should Move its Own UNHRC Resolution on Lanka: Karunanidhi - The New Indian Express

India Should Move its Own UNHRC Resolution on Lanka: Karunanidhi

Published: 05th March 2014 01:34 PM

Last Updated: 05th March 2014 01:35 PM

DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi has said the draft resolution on war crimes in Sri Lanka tabled by the US, UK, Mauritius and Macedonia has left much to be desired.

He said this resolution, like two previous others would have no impact. Karunanidhi further demanded that the Indian government itself move a resolution at the UNHRC to ensure the achievement of the goals of Tamil outfits.

Karunanidhi said the draft resolution tabled at the UNHRC had completely ignored critical parts of the report filed by United Nations Human rights Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, and that it gave the Sri Lankan more time to act on the matter. He also noted that the draft resolution had failed to include the term ‘genocide’ in respect of the Sri lankan Tamils killed in the end stages of the civil war.

“Two previous resolutions passed in the UNHRC have borne no fruit. The same way, this resolution too will be ignored by the Sri Lankan government and fail to give any benefit to Lankan Tamils. We thus urge the Indian government to introduce a resolution on its own,” said Karunanidhi.

He added that such a resolution should aim to ensure an independent international enquiry into war crimes and human rights violation in the end stages of the civil war, and also push for a UN-monitored referendum to seek the opinion of Lankan Tamils on their right at self-governance.

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