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Updated: December 19, 2011 22:33 IST

TNA wants accountability mechanism for Sri Lanka

R. K. Radhakrishnan
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A file picture of TNA leader R. Sampanthan during a press meet in New Delhi. Photo: V.V. Krishnan.
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A file picture of TNA leader R. Sampanthan during a press meet in New Delhi. Photo: V.V. Krishnan.

Calling upon the international community to establish a “mechanism for accountability” to bring to book the perpetrators of war crimes during the last stages of the Eelam War that ended in May 2009, the Tamil National Alliance on Monday said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report “categorically fails to effectively and meaningfully deal with issues of accountability”.

Recalling that many Tamil civilians, direct victims of the war, deposed before the LLRC, TNA leader R.Sampanthan said “the findings of the LLRC offend the dignity of these victims”.

The TNA insisted that the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by both the Tamil Tigers and the government forces needed to be fully investigated. The U.N. Panel of Experts which investigated the last stages of the war had concluded that the LTTE had deliberately targeted civilians and used them as human shields, among other violations. The allegations against the Sri Lanka government include deliberately underestimating civilian numbers in the Vanni in order to deprive them of food and medical supplies, deliberately or recklessly endangering the lives of civilians in No-Fire Zones, targeting civilian objects including hospitals, and executing or causing the disappearance of those who had surrendered.

“The LLRC concludes that, on these issues, the government is not responsible. Instead, it shifts blame onto individual soldiers and surmises that any violations that may have been committed were merely isolated incidents. For example, large numbers of disappearances that resulted from the surrender of unarmed persons to government forces have been cynically dismissed as isolated incidents perpetrated ‘by a few'. The LLRC unjustifiably rules out the possibility that these violations were systematic,” said Mr. Sampanthan.

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No civilized person can tolerate this mass murder, ethnic cleansing and the international community should not delay in taking a strong action to end crimes against humanity. It is shame for the so called civilized nations to delay the accountability and commence an independent international investigation.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011 at 17:46 IST

When I look at most of the comments, they are from Singhalese and some are under the name of Tamils. It's making me laugh and remind me an old saying and that is, " A wolf was worried that a goat was getting wet under heavy rain." They only feel sorry for Tamil peoples who were killed by LTTE. Why these people say that TNA is not representing whole Tamils and some expressing racisim in words they use. Unfortunately,the racism is in high level amoung Singhalese and it's obvious. The well educated Singhalese leaders should take this very seriously and educate younger generation. What has been asked by TNA is nothing more than basic civil rights for Tamil people who have been suffering so long more than 52 years. The LTTE was born yesterday. Do you know Tamils have been in Ceylon long before Singhalese settled in? It is a naked truth. Look at the history.

from:  Shan
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011 at 10:04 IST

Readers are commenting as if they know the full and complete truth of what took place against the Tamils. If we need to know the truth and bring the alleged criminals to face the judicial process, accountability and deliver justice, only an independent international war crimes and human rights investigation can delivery impartial investigation and report. Tamils ahev no confidence in the Sri Lankan regime and the Congress regime of India should be out of this process.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011 at 05:58 IST

Successive Sri Lankan Governments by not addressing the problems of Tamils whilst oppressing them created the LTTE.Therefore those successive SL governments should be accountable for creating the LTTE.Discrimination against Tamils started before LTTE was born and was the cause of the entire problem. LTTE was acknowledged as representing the Tamils by accepting them as the party to enter into an Agreement (CFA)by the then SL Government.TNA now represents the Tamils as they were (14 of them in all)elected democratically through elections even when LTTE was not around and so they have all the rights to talk on behalf of the Tamils. LLRC has not addressed the root cause for the problem.Their mandate was also not enough to address the war crimes leave alone 'Genocide'. LLRC was an exercise in wasting the time. Even if it was a genuine effort with necessary mandate,past experience of Presidential Commissions in SL shows that no action would have been taken by the SL government.

from:  Raveendren.K
Posted on: Dec 21, 2011 at 00:14 IST

People who have no knowledge of the ground situation in Tamil areas in Eelam or the agents and supporters of the Sinhala Apartheid regime is writing in support of the LLRC's cover up report.

The Rajapakse regime is the worst criminal regime of the 21st Century and the Tamils in the West are taking steps to bring it to the attention of the International Community leaders to take action against Sri Lankan alleged war criminals.

No criminal can go unpunished or evade from responsibility and accountability.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 22:19 IST

In response to: from: Haris -Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 06:21 IST

Haris, are you a human being? No mass murderers or rapists can go unpunished. The Rajapakse regime has to pay the price for their crimes against humanity.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 22:14 IST

If this is your attitude forget about Police and Land powers.

from:  Shandy
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 07:12 IST

TNA is the leftover from the LTTE. TNA does not represent the Tamils or any minority in Sri Lanka. Tamils have a homeland in Tamil Nadu. They should either work with the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka or move to Tamil Nadu.

from:  Haris
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 06:21 IST

These are the biggest Terrorist supporters in Sri Lanka. These guys supported LTTE Terrorists then and now they are doing their best to bring back terror to Sri Lanka. These guys should not be in any Parliament in the World. Arrest these bastards and throw the key away.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 06:20 IST

The TNA leader is right in demanding an independent investigation by the UN subject to witness protection and the lifting of the PTA without which nothing will change. Impunity by government and its forces has been complete and there is not one case against offenders at tehe expense of the public.

Why then is India offering support to such a regime? is it China factor, business contracts or due to its very own involvement in the improglio from the 1980s days?

from:  Sri
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 04:26 IST

TNA was part of the (effectively) LTTE through accepting LTTE as the sole representative of Tamil people, and being their mouthpiece at the time, surely all of TNA including Mr Sampanthan are responsible for any suffering Tamils faced as well, and are culpabale of any human rights violations.

from:  DA
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 03:10 IST

Why did not ask when LTTE was killing innocent people.... No need to bring any outsiders to SL. This guy should be kicked out the country.

from:  Rohan
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 01:49 IST

Regarding a mechanism for accountability, Mr. Sampanthan himself has a lot to account for, regarding his behavior during the war as a supporter of the LTTE and an opportunist now to gain nothing more than personal political power. The LLRC clearly states he has a duty to appologise to the Tamils in the north for not standing up to the attrocities committed by the LTTE. His silence smells of the blood of countless innocent Tamils used as pawns by the LTTE. A pitiful statement in this article by a pitiful man. How can Tamils have faith in a leader like you.

from:  MAH
Posted on: Dec 19, 2011 at 23:56 IST
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