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Sri Lanka: UN Internal Review Reinforces the Need for an Int'l Commission of Investigation - TGTE

"Ban Ki Moon Urged to Act Under Article 99, as recommended by his own legal team"


• UN's Adama Dieng urged to Make Public Report on Tamil Genocide.
• Urged to include Genocide in the investigation.
• No equivalence between the Sinhala Buddhist aggression and the victimization of the Tamils.
• Appalled to see the Sri Lankan Government's obstructions and manipulations of the UN Personnel.

/EINPresswire.com// New York, November 19, 2012:--

-- In the aftermath of the release of the Report of the UN Secretary-General's Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action In Sri Lanka on November 14, 2012, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), has reiterated its call for the creation of an International Commission of investigation on Sri Lanka by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, under Article 99, as recommended by his own legal team.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) called on the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, to make public its report on Tamil Genocide.

TGTE also called for prosecutions should not be limited to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity but should also include Genocide.

Given the constraint mandate of the LLRC coupled with the "lack of an enabling environment for a judicial follow up" as stated in the UN Internal Review Report, the Secretary-General need not wait till the exhaustion of the domestic remedies. Justice delayed is justice denied.

According to this Internal Review Report, Ban Ki Moon's own legal advisors recommended that he has the authority under UN's Article 99 to appoint an International Commission of Inquiry on Sri Lanka to investigate the killing of over 100,000 Tamil civilians in the final five months of the war that ended in May 2009.

"We are urging the UN Secretary General to implement his own legal advisors' recommendation on the creation of an International Commission of Inquiry under Article 99 and we are also urging Mr. Deng to make public his report on Tamil Genocide" said Mr. Deluxon Morris, TGTE's Minister for investigation of Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"We hope that the Review Panel Report will put an end to the blaming the victims syndrome that we have seen for so long. We have been repeatedly saying that there is no moral equivalence between the aggressor and the aggressed, between the persecutor and persecuted."

The Review Panel Report clearly demonstrates with facts that there was no equivalence between the Sinhala Buddhist aggression and the victimization of the Tamils. He continued, "We are appalled to see the Sri Lankan Government's obstructions and manipulations of the UN Personnel"

The Internal Review Panel in its report stated that "according to the UN data most casualties are caused by government fire." It went on to state "Some UN staff in Colombo expressed to the UN Country Team leadership that they are dismayed that the UN was placing primary emphasis on LTTE responsibility when the fact suggested otherwise".

TGTE wrote a letter to the UN Secretary General as far back as April 29, 2011 following the report of the Panel of Experts, stating that the acts mentioned in the Panel of Experts report clearly constituted an act of Genocide.

It is stated in the Review Panel Report that:

"The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, who also has an international Human Rights and humanitarian law mandate, raised concern with the Government and the Secretary-General over the situation but favored quiet diplomacy and told the Government he would "not speak out." When his office later tried to issue a public statement this was not supported by UNHQ"

We question if the conduct of Ambassador Francis Deng was an act of "quiet diplomacy" or an act of appeasement. If the quiet diplomacy did not save the lives of tens of thousands of Tamils at the last phase of the war in Sri Lanka, then it clearly is time for a public and robust diplomacy.

We urge that Mr. Adama Dieng who replaced Ambassador Deng to make public the report on Tamil Genocide in the island of Sri Lanka.

We also repeat our demand for an independent international investigation on Sri Lanka under Article 99; and we call for prosecutions which should not be limited to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity but should also include Genocide.

For Info Contact: Deluxon Morris (UK): Tel: +(44)794-002-0758 or Email: warcrime@tgte.org

About TGTE:

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was created in the aftermath of the bloody end of Sri Lanka's war; resulting tens of thousands of Tamil civilians were killed and sexually assaulted by the Sri Lankan security forces. UN documented war crimes and recommended an International Commission of Inquiry.

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is a democratically elected government of the Tamil Diaspora of Sri Lanka. Its actions are non-violent, democratic and diplomatic.

It held internationally supervised elections in twelve countries to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). These MPs drafted and ratified a Constitution and elected a Prime Minister, a Cabinet and a Speaker.

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