Tamil parties unhappy with US’s soft resolution


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction with the US-sponsored resolution that is coming up before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week.

The resolution calls on the Sri Lankan Government to implement the recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and an independent and credible international investigation into alleged human rights violations during the war.

TNA members said the resolution, which has been watered down gives the Sri Lankan Government enough leverage to continue with their atrocities against the Tamil population in the North.

Former Parliamentarian Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam has reportedly said…

…in Geneva that the final resolution, the copies of which has been distributed to its members, “is not enough and will not address the problems of the Tamil people in the north.”

TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said the final resolution, if passed, will not bring redress to the Tamil people.

“This will not bring any sort of relief to the Tamil people who have lost their lands, loved ones and their livelihood.”

Premachandran said when the UNHRC met in 2012, Sri Lanka was given time to implement the recommendations in the LLRC report. But for the past one year Sri Lanka did nothing and continued with its crime against humanity. “Sri Lanka did not do anything; nothing happened,” he declared.

“We do not trust the investigations and tribunals that only help governments to buy time to continue with their injustices,” he added.

He said that it is evident from what had happened a few weeks ago when the families of the missing people wanted to hold a protest in Colombo. They were stopped in Vavuniya itself and the bus drivers had been threatened. So they fled. “This happened while the Geneva sessions were going on,” he said.

He further said although the LLRC report states that several persons are missing, the government-appointed Military Tribunal denied this statement, and said there are no missing persons. “We have no trust in the government.

They have grabbed the Tamil people’s land and given them to the army while the Tamil people live as refugees even after the war is over.”

Premachandran said that while the LLRC talks about reconciliation, the government had dragged its feet on the issue. “Not a single step had been taken to reconcile the Sinhalese and Tamil people. They remain polarized. Building culverts and giving electricity will not buy justice,” he asserted.