Tamils for Greens – back calls for UN probe into war crimes
June 18, 2010 § 2 Comments
For immediate release – 18th June 2010
AUSTRALIAN TAMILS BACK GREENS CALL FOR UN WAR CRIMES PROBE IN SRI LANKA
Tamils for Greens is urging political support for a motion to be proposed on June 21st by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young asking Australia to back calls for a United Nations investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
“The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and International Crisis Group have all called for an independent investigation into war crimes. Regrettably Australia is continuing to put its trade and economic interests with Sri Lanka before human rights” said Tamils for Greens spokesperson Nathan Sri.
The motion, to be proposed on Monday, follows a damning report by the International Crisis Group which cited evidence, including video footage and testimonies from frontline soldiers, highlighting the complicity of top ranking Sri Lankan Government and military officials in atrocities carried out during its campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The report also condemned the LTTE, who were annihilated in May 2009, for its human rights abuses.
“Despite the Sri Lankan Government’s claims to the contrary, an independent inquiry into war crimes is vital in holding those responsible for the massacre of civilians. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must start showing leadership and speak out against the injustices which last year alone, left up to 40 000 Tamils dead” said Nathan Sri.
NOTICE OF MOTION
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
I give notice that, on Monday 21 June, I shall move:
That the Senate
i) The recent report from the International Crisis Group on War Crimes in Sri Lanka
ii) This report, recommends, among other things, for the United Nations to authorise an independent international inquiry into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the last year of the conflict
(b) Calls on the Australian Government, as an active member state of the United Nations, to encourage the UN to investigate the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
Tamils for Greens is a national advocacy group endorsing The Australian Greens party.
The group’s formation is a direct response to growing disenchantment within Australia’s Tamil community towards the Government and Coalition’s lack of concern regarding human rights violations in Sri Lanka and continued demonisation of refugees.
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