International Probe a Must in Sri Lanka – USTPAC
Washington urged to stay vigilant against Sri Lanka’s Ploy to buy more time
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes recent high level visits to Sri Lanka by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia,Nisha Biswal and Ambassador-At-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Stephen Rapp, and their steadfast pursuit of accountability to the grave crimes committed against ethnic Tamils. USTPAC urges the United States government to bring a strong resolution at the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council setting up a credible international investigative mechanism to probe the mass atrocities unleashed on Tamil civilians by parties to the conflict.
USTPAC also draws attention to the continuing violations and threats against ethnic Tamils and Muslims including sexual violence against women in the heavily militarized North. USTPAC condemns the Sri Lankan government for denying a visa to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell. USTPAC is also alarmed by the statements of senior Sri Lankan officials that setting up international investigations would bring chaos to the country, a thinly veiled threat to the safety of Tamils in the island nation.
Recently, Lalith Weeratunga, secretary to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has been lobbying Washington to convince US policymakers that more time is needed for Sri Lanka’s National Action Plan to succeed. Almost five years since the mass atrocities of 2009, which led to killings of up to 70,000 Tamils, the Sri Lankan Government’s reconciliation process has gone nowhere. The US is expected to table a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes at the 25th UNHRC session in March 2014. more »»
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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.