Diaspora to provide evidence to UN

DiasporaThe Tamil Diaspora have said they will assist the investigations on the war in Sri Lanka to be launched by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the middle of this month and give any evidence in their possession.

Suren Surendiran, the spokesman for the Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an influential Tamil lobby group based in London said that just as GTF submitted a whole series of documentary, in person, video graphic and photographic evidences to the UN Panel of Experts to prove that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed at the end of the war, GTF will continue to fully support any international independent process that has the potential to gain justice for the Tamil people.

“The President and the government must have learnt after 5 years after end of the war, that hiding away from answering to these allegations or flatly denying them or claiming that there are major infrastructure developments in the North and East for people to forget the past and move on will not make the allegations go away,” he said.

Meanwhile the head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, said the TGTE will facilitate the victims and relatives of the victims of the Mullivaikkal Genocide in their constituencies to give evidence to the Commission.

He said the TGTE will also be filing a legal brief arguing that the available evidence establishes that what happened in Mullivaikkal was not just war crimes and crimes against humanity, but also a genocide.

“If the Sri Lankan Government did not commit these mass killings and rape, why should they hide and refuse to assist? By not assisting this investigation Sri Lanka is defaming the same world body where Sri Lanka is an active member. It is truly unfortunate that the Government of Sri Lanka is refusing to assist the UN investigation,” Rudrakumaran said.

He also noted that the Sri Lankan Government will be making a grave mistake if any witnesses to the UN’s investigative body are harassed or harmed in any form or shape. (Colombo Gazette) 

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