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Updated: March 31, 2013 17:12 IST

TNA seeks UN probe into civilian deaths in Sri Lankan war

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Suresh Premachandran. Photo: M. Vedhan
The Hindu Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Suresh Premachandran. Photo: M. Vedhan

A Sri Lankan Tamil political party said on Sunday that it will continue to push for a U.N. mechanism to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the island nation.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) statement comes within days after one of their political gatherings came under a mob attack in the northern town of Killinochchi which was at one time the hub of the Tamil Tigers.

“Accountability is mostly important for Tamils. During and soon after the war hundreds of Tamils went missing. After the war many had surrendered to the army but their whereabouts is not known now. The parents of these people want answers,” TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said.

He recalled that there are conflicting reports on the number of civilians killed during Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war, with some in the government placing it at 5,000-7,000 and others placing it around 40,000-70,000.

Wanni Security Forces Commander Major General Boniface Perera said recently that several people were protesting against the government and the army over the missing people and demanding information about them.

He, however, said such protests were pointless, as the army did not know the whereabouts of those people said to have been missing.

Meanwhile, at least 13 people were injured when a mob attacked a political gathering of the TNA in northern Sri Lanka last week.

The attack happened during a meeting held at the house of a TNA MP, S. Sritharan.

“At least four party MPs were attending the discussion... A group of people came carrying the national flag in one hand and stones and clubs in the other and attacked us,” Suresh Premachandran said.

He said while 13 people were injured, the MPs escaped unhurt. One attacker was handed over to police.

India demands 13th amendment plus which is acceptable but there
can be no agreement on this with Tamils of SriLanka without a UN
sponsored independent inquiry on all aspects of war crime
allegations. The recent US sponsored resolution at the UNHRC, which
India supported, is pointless as it ask the killers to investigate their
own war crime allegations. It a game for a laugh.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Apr 1, 2013 at 04:16 IST

Yes, Tamils in Sri Lanka needs the UN probe into the alleged war crime investigation. How can we allow the same government to investigate their own crimes? Furthermore, Sri Lankan government had never fulfilled the promises made to India.

from:  Saskia
Posted on: Apr 1, 2013 at 01:39 IST
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