UN Human Rights Chief Urged to Visit Sri Lanka

Prince ZeidThe Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, to visit the island of Sri Lanka to get information for the Office of the High Commissioner’s Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) report to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in March, 2015.

Noting that the newly appointed Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Ranil Wickramasinghe, has stated that he is willing to engage with the United Nations probe, TGTE’s Prime Minister Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran urged in his letter to the High Commissioner that this is a “window of opportunity” that should not be missed.

The letter further states that the Investigation Team would have already recorded evidence from the victims and reliable third party sources. However, we firmly believe many victims living in the island of Sri Lanka have not spoken yet. Thus this opportunity should be utilized to meet with the victims directly.

The visit will serve to:

1) Visit the crime scene to obtain forensic evidence, among others.

2) Investigation of alleged perpetrators, if necessary, to determine which officials within the chain of command bear responsibility.

3) Investigation of the victims directly in the island.

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