Aussie Tamils Urge Politicians to Support UN Probe on SL War Crimes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 23 June 2010 11.00AM

Tamils Urge Politicians to Support UN Probe on Sri Lankan War Crimes

Following yesterday’s announcement by the United Nations (UN)Secretary-General of a three-member advisory panel on alleged human rights abuses during the final stages of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) urges all sides of Australian politics to support an Australian Senate motion scheduled for tomorrow on the very same issue.

“We welcome the UN’s announcement of an advisory panel and we hope the
UN will soon take the next step towards actually investigating these alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka,” said Dr Sam Pari, ATC spokesperson. “We hope all sides of Australian politics see the importance of bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice and support the Senate motion tomorrow,” she added.

Several eminent Australians have confirmed their support on this issue,
including Australian of the Year, Prof. Patrick McGorry.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will propose a Senate motion tomorrow calling “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.”

Last month, independent reports by the International Crisis Group and Human Rights Watch cited photographs and eye witness testimonies strengthening claims of war crimes and reiterated their calls for an independent investigation into Sri Lanka.

Media contact:
Dr Sam Pari – 0433 428 967

International Crisis Group – War Crimes in Sri Lanak
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka/191-war-crimes-in-sri-lanka.aspx

Human Rights Watch – Sri Lanka: New Evidence of Wartime Abuses
http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/20/sri-lanka-new-evidence-wartime-abuses

Channel 4 News – Sri Lanka Tamil killings ‘ordered from the top’
http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/politics/international_politics/sri+lanka+option/3652687

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