The New York-based Columbia Universityâ€™s Programme for Peace Building and Rights tied up with former Lankan minister Milinda Moragodaâ€™s Pathfinder Foundation.
The Government of Japan helped them organise an â€œObservation of Progress of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka.â€ David L. Phillips of the Columbia University was part of a fact-finding delegation which included officials from Bangladesh, Brazil, Italy, Japan, Romania and South Africa.
Tuseno Nishida, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, prepared a chairmanâ€™s report based on discussions by the delegation with the Government of Sri Lanka, the UN country team, Colombo-based diplomats, Sri Lankan civil society and members of Parliament. Their report was handed over to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Now, Mr. Phillips has declared in a public statement, coming as it does during the UN Human Rights Council sessions, that â€œan independent international investigation of alleged war crimes under the auspices of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is necessary to address allegations.â€