Table UN Report on Lankan War Crimes, Demands CPM

Published: 20th February 2015 06:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2015 06:04 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Amid allegations that the United States was behind the delay in tabling the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council probe into the genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils in 2009, the CPM on Thursday demanded that the report be tabled without delay.

The party which had never supported an international enquiry, came out with a resolution supporting the tabling of the UN report at its State conference here.

The party also demanded that the island government should form a probe committee comprising people who had international experience in justice and human rights.

The conference elected G Ramakrishnan as State secretary again and released a list of elected members of the State committee.

The CPM was flayed by Tamil nationalist parties for its refusal to join the protests for a cease fire in Sri Lanka during the military offensive.

Six years after the Mullivaikkal massacre, the party said the Lankan military had carried out a brutal assault on Tamils and massacred thousands of Tamils by bombing hospitals, schools and temples.

The party which once found itself at the receiving end of vehement attacks by Tamil nationalist outfits which often described the CPM as an ‘anti-Tamil party’ for its stand on the Lankan Tamils issue, narrated in its Thursday resolution the atrocities by the island’s military.

The party that was often blamed for being soft on the former Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa who was close to the Chinese Communist regime finally found fault with the Lankan leader for not taking steps to find a solution to problems of Tamils.

Rajapaksa had refused to give equal rights to Tamils and to withdraw the army from Tamil areas, the CPM resolution noted. 

The atrocities on Lankan Tamils for the last 10 years had evoked great impact and deep concern in Tamil Nadu, the resolution noted. But the party stuck to its earlier stand of autonomous Tamil States within a united Sri Lanka with equal status to Tamils.


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