USTPAC Welcomes UN Human Rights Council-led Investigation:

A Long-Awaited International Inquiry into Grave Crimes in Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON DC, March 28 2014: On Thursday, March 27, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka, A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1, which creates an international investigation into widespread human rights violations committed during the war that ended in May 2009. “Tamils have waited nearly five years since end of the armed conflict for a genuine accountability mechanism to be established, and the resolution just adopted marks a turning point in their quest for justice,” said Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, the President of the US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC), welcoming the international probe.

Marking the adoption of the resolution, the US Secretary of State John Kerry stated: “[Today’s] vote in the UN Human Rights Council sends a clear message: The time to pursue lasting peace and prosperity is now; justice and accountability cannot wait.” The resolution was cosponsored by 42 countries and passed overwhelmingly with the backing of nearly half the countries in the Human Rights Council with wide support across global alliances.

This is the third in a series of resolutions on Sri Lanka that the UNHRC has passed in the last three years, but the first that has moved beyond domestic inquiry mechanisms. The resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), who has repeatedly called for an international investigation since 2009, to “undertake a comprehensive investigation.” more »»


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Achievements

Working with many organizations at UNHRC, and helped pass resolution calling for justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation and assuring Sri Lanka stays on international agenda.

54 co-sponsors on US House Resolution 177 – calling for an independent international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity & a new US policy.

Senate Resolution 84 – passed unanimously calling for international investigation.

5 or more One Minute Speeches on Tamil issues in Congress 2010, 2011, 2012.