US May Seek International Probe into SL War Crimes - The New Indian Express

US May Seek International Probe into SL War Crimes

Published: 08th January 2014 09:50 AM

Last Updated: 08th January 2014 09:50 AM

The US Ambassador-at-Large on War Crimes Issues, Stephen Rapp, has indicated to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that the resolution that US will present at the March session of the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in Geneva, will seek an independent international investigation into the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the last phase of Eelam War IV.

Rapp had conveyed this to M A Sumanthiran, TNA MP, when he met the latter at the US Ambassador’s residence here on Tuesday.

Rapp, who is on a tour of Sri Lanka to study the war crimes issue, will be going to Jaffna on Wednesday.

“Rapp said that despite two resolutions at the UNHRC calling upon Lanka to institute a credible domestic investigation into charges of war crimes, the Lankan government has not done anything towards that end and, therefore, the US is thinking of going to the next stage of calling for an international investigation,” Sumanthiran  told Express.

The UN High Commis- sioner of Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is said to have written a very critical report on the lack of progress in Sri Lanka on addressing issues of accountability. The report submitted by her to the UN will have a bearing on US resolution, he said.

Sumanthiran pointed out that human rights violations are an on-going phenomenon in the northern Lanka where Tamils live in majority and sought a UN mechanism to monitor and check “current” violations. To this, Rapp said this demand will be considered when the US resolution is drafted.

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