The need for a UN resolution for any hope among Tamils

As its been outlaid many times in this column, the intervention of UN or the international mechanism has become the only hope for the Tamils of the Island, who still strewn by the ramifications of war that was responsible for the eradication and maiming of significant of their populace – let alone the almost 6 decades of 2nd class citizenry. The intentions of the government both in words and actions following the war, is a classic example to the global community at large, how arrogant and disgraceful it has become for it to be called a democracy.

With no accountability and the scent of rule of law, the runaway regime has tried everything from outright denials of war crimes to blaming Tamil Diaspora, but its own heinous criminal record decrepitly recorded inside and outside. After easily manipulating its own majority population on primitive triumphalism, the thought of keeping the Tamils out of dignity and liberty seemed minimalist for those who adorn the seat of power in the Island of Serendipity. Beyond the protests in the streets of Sri Lanka and Geneva, the members of the Human Rights Council has the right opportunity to live up to the ideals of their very existence. In this respect the American resolution on the subject seemed very reasonable as a first sign of any hope for these two communities could live side by side in the Island. We need an honest mediator if we can’t resolve our own which dragged for more than 6 decades, with mounting destruction of human lives and property to stab the very soul of Tamil existence.

American diplomats have been saying that their Resolution would be calling for the implementation of the recommendations made by the LLRC while noting that it did not call for ‘accountability’ for alleged ‘war crimes’ now euphemistically called violation of international law. With the Resolution now made public, it does appear that it is calling for much more than constructive implementation of the LLRC recommendations.

It calls upon the Sri Lanka government to: additionally take immediate steps to fulfill its relevant obligations and state its commitment to address serious allegations of violation of international law by initiating credible and independent investigation of those responsible for such violations.

The second part of the Resolution calls for the government to present a comprehensive action plan before the 20th Session of the UNHRC (the next session) detailing steps taken by the government to implement LLRC recommendations and also address alleged violations of international law.

The third and last part of the Resolution ‘encourages’ the ‘Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special mandate holders to provide advice and technical assistance on implementing those steps and for the government of Sri Lanka to accept such advice and technical assistance.

The Boston Globe says that the Sri Lanka government must implement the modest recommendations of its own inquiry commission including investigations into disappearances, end attacks on journalists and halt policies aimed at settling Sinhalese in Tamil areas. If Sri Lankan leaders prove unwilling the UN should set up an independent probe but no UN investigation can replace an honest effort by Sri Lanka to come to terms with what they had done to each other says the Boston Globe. It is for this very reason that this session of the UN Human Rights Council becomes an irrefutable tool in questioning the very viability of these two communities sharing a common political system.

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