A report released today on Sri Lanka – “An Unfinished War: Torture and Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka, 2009 – 2014” concludes that “abduction, arbitrary detention, torture, rape and sexual violence has increased in the post-war period” against Tamil people by Sri Lankan security forces and there was “a prima facie case of post-war crimes against humanity. The report is due to be formally launched later today, at the Canadian High Commission in London.
The report is compiled by human rights lawyer and co-author of the UN Panel of Experts report, Yasmin Sooka, as well as the UK Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) and the International Truth & Justice Project, Sri Lanka, the report draws on testimonies, medical examinations and psychiatric assessments from 40 victims – Tamil men and women who had sought asylum in the UK.
The authors call for an independent international inquiry at the UNHRC, and called upon the UN Security Council “to refer this report, which indicates reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity are occurring in Sri Lanka to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for further action against those who bear the greatest responsibility”. As an alternative, the authors urged the ICC Prosecutor to “explore the cases of individuals who bear the greatest responsibility and who hold a nationality of a State Party to the Rome Statute.”