International investigation is essential

commission of inquiryTaking part in a question panel organised by the Jaffna Manager’s Forum in Uruvil on 01 August 2015, titled ‘2015 General Election Question Time’, representatives of the five parties The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Crusaders For Democracy (CFD) and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) unanimously agreed that a domestic inquiry in Sri Lanka would give rise to potential bias and impartiality, as those responsible for committing the crimes would have undue influence over the inquiry.

The event took place days after a Channel 4 news report said that an internal UN document being produced was looking at a purely domestic process of accountability.

Former TNA MP, M A Sumanthiran, TNPF’s media spokesperson, V Manivannan, the TULF’s candidate T Vignarajah, the CFD’s party leader, N Vithyaharan and the EPDP’s paramilitary leader, Douglas Devananda, all reiterated that an urgent international justice mechanism was essential.

Time must not be wasted delaying the establishment of such a process, said representatives of all the parties present, adding that it was crucial that the victims saw justice done quickly.

 

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