Britain calls for support at UN Human Rights Council
Tamil Guardian 16 March 2012
Following the screening of Channel 4’s latest documentary, the British Foreign Office has called on the UN Human Rights Council to pass a proposed resolution on Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the documentary, Minister for South Asia Alistair Burt said,
"Once again, Channel 4 has brought to international attention important and disturbing evidence to support allegations of grave abuses in Sri Lanka." “Since the end of the conflict, the international community has called for an independent, credible and thorough investigation into alleged war crimes on both sides of the conflict. Channel 4’s documentaries reinforce the need for that investigation."
“I continue to believe that Sri Lanka, in accordance with its Government’s public statements, can achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. But this requires a full and honest acknowledgement of the past and it requires processes, in which all parties take part, to ensure justice, reconciliation and political progress."
“That is why the UK will urge the UN Human Rights Council to pass a resolution next week which calls on Sri Lanka to take these steps and implement the recommendations of their own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.”
In a letter to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, citing an “atmosphere of fear” and “intimidation” said that though the new presidency in Sri Lanka was a symbol of hope,
The US president, Barack Obama, speaking in New Delhi this week, said India could play a "positive" role in the region from Burma to Sri Lanka, reiterating "that with power comes responsibility".
The chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran criticised the Sri Lankan military's ongoing presence in the Tamil areas, stating that they were depriving the Tamil people of their livelihoods.
A judge in Mallaakam court issued an interim order to close Chunnakam power station on Tuesday following increasing local outcry over the contamination of local water supplies by waste heavy fuel oil leaking from the site.
The chief minister of the Northern Provincial Council, CV Wigneswaran and a delegation of Northern Provincial Councillors, called for the release of 6500 acres of Tamil land taken by the Sri Lankan military and release of registered and unregistered Tamil political prisoners.
The delegation made the demands noting that several unregistered political prisoners were being held in secret captivity during a meeting with the newly appointed Resettlement Minister DM Swaminathan in Colombo on Saturday.
Mr Swaminathan assured the Tamil delegation that the appropriate actions would be taken to resolve the issues,