The Rome-based Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT), which has already ruled Sri Lanka guilty of crimes against the Tamils and found UK and USA to be guilty of complicity, is to release a detailed judgement in Geneva of its probe into the allegations of genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.
The PPT in a statement said on Jan 10 that the “reputed jury of eleven genocide experts, experts on international law and human rights defenders examined several studies and background papers on the charges and heard evidence from more than 30 witnesses and analysts, before reaching the verdict” in its probe against the Sri Lankan State and its accomplices on the charge of crimes against the Tamil people.
The detailed judgement is scheduled to be released on January 22 at 10 am at the ‘Geneva Press Club’, Club Suisse de la Presse, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, Geneva, where the representatives of the panel of jurors would be present to answer questions and to elaborate on points raised by the verdict.
Sources indicate that the PPT would table its detailed judgement at the forthcoming United Nation’s Human Rights Council sessions in March this year.
The PPT’s detailed judgement is coming at a time when powerful members of the international community and human rights organisations are working on bringing a strong resolution at the UNHRC against Sri Lanka calling for an independent international probe into allegations of so called war crimes committed during the final phase of the war.
According to the UN’s Petrie Report the final weeks of the war in Sri Lanka in early 2009 left an estimated 70.000 Tamils unaccounted.