The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils condemned Sri Lanka’s repeated refusal to cooperate with the OHCHR Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) and demanded that it adhere to the UN Human Rights Council resolution passed mandating the inquiry or face sanctions.
Releasing a statement on 12 September 2014, it called on the UK government to also condemn Sri Lanka’s rejection of the inquiry, the cross-party group of MPs urged the British government “to consider all actions including sanctions until the Government of Sri Lanka agrees to cooperate with OISL.”
THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP FOR TAMILS
APPG for Tamils Demands Sri Lanka Government Adhere to UNHRC Resolution and cooperate with OISL
On behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPG for Tamils), the Chair, Lee Scott MP and Vice Chair, Siobhain McDonagh MP have jointly asked the UK government to strongly condemn the Sri Lankan authorities for rejecting the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution (A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1) and refusing to cooperate with the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL). We request the UK government to consider all actions including sanctions until the Government of Sri Lanka agrees to cooperate with OISL.
Lee Scott MP and Siobhain McDonagh MP said “it is completely unacceptable that after the resolution was passed in March of this year, the Sri Lankan government is still unwilling to participate in this investigation; and is finding ways to regularly prolong and avoid this.”
The APPG for Tamils welcomes the speech by ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein, the new High Commissioner for Human Rights Council pledging his commitment to the investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL); who stated “I encourage the Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate with this process in the interests of justice and reconciliation. I am alarmed at threats currently being levelled against the human rights community in Sri Lanka, as well as prospective victims and witnesses.”
As the investigation is being conducted from outside of Sri Lanka by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR) – we call for an urgent moratorium on deportation of Tamil asylum seekers and potential witnesses to the OISL. The APPG for Tamils calls on the UK government to ensure the safety of very vulnerable war crime witnesses and rape victims, who are already in the UK and under threat of deportation.
We also request the UK Government to take up the matter of Sri Lanka proscribing organisations and individuals abusing UN Security Council Resolution 1373 and to work with others in the international community to ensure the proscription is rescinded.
We call upon the British government to continue to give the Government of Sri Lanka a clear message denouncing their defiance against an inquiry for accountability and justice.
Chair: Lee Scott MP; Vice Chairs: Siobhain McDonagh MP; Virenda Sharma MP Secretary: Robert Halfon MP