MK Stalin to United Nations Human Rights Council: Protect rights of Sri Lankan Tamils

Chennai:  DMK working president and Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader MK Stalin Sunday sought the intervention of the United Nations Human Rights Council to "protect" the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils living in the island nation.

File image of MK Stalin. PTI

File image of MK Stalin. PTI

In his letter to Katy Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Stalin alleged "serious human rights violations" by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the peaking of hostilities in 2009.

"Lakhs of Tamils are still missing (since then) and the Sri Lankan government has not come up with any constructive mechanism to find them," he said.

Even after the UN intervention for independent and credible investigation into war crimes, Colombo has not done anything in this regard, he alleged.

He charged the Lankan army with having "encroached" a large part of land in Tamil dominated areas even as all "human rights covenants" have been violated by that government.

"Therefore, the personal intervention of the UN Human Rights Council is the need of the hour to protect the Tamils living in Sri Lanka," he added.

Pressing for a "reliable independent investigation" by international judges into the alleged war crimes on Tamils, he said they also required a "meaningful political solution," which was long "overdue."

"I am sure that it can only be ensured by a referendum among Ealam Tamils including Tamils living abroad."

"I hope that this (ensuing) session of the Human Rights Council will take earnest steps to uphold the values of human rights and also for meaningful political solution of the choice of Ealam Tamils," he added.

Published Date: Jun 11, 2017 16:55 PM | Updated Date: Jun 11, 2017 16:55 PM

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