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Thursday, September 17, 2015

srilankan war crimes

the 260  page  UN report lists and confirms egregious
 atrocities and makes 39 specific recommendations.

india is a friend and a neighbour . and the responsibility is huge.
india has to remain a friend , but need to denounce the crimes
and ensure they do not repeat. if possible as a friend. if not,
india has to play the role of a concerned neighbour .

reproduced below are  just 10 of the  recommendations


      Where  India can take direct action

1.        Set up a coordination mechanism among donors in Sri Lanka to ensure focussed and concerted efforts to support the transitional justice process;
2.        Apply stringent vetting procedures to Sri Lankan police and military personnel identified for peacekeeping, military exchanges and training programmes;
3.        In countries where there is a significant Tamil population, carry out an assessment of needs for psychosocial support for those who have been victims of violations and as necessary fund the development of such services;

     Where India should watch compliance

4.        Amend legislation to ensure that those who have received death certificates for the missing are not prevented from pursuing judicial cases to determine what happened to their loved ones;
5.        Adopt specific legislation establishing an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, mandated to try war crimes and crimes against humanity, including sexual crimes and crimes committed against children, with its own independent investigative and prosecuting organ, defence office, and witness and victims protection programme.  Resource the court so that it can effectively try those responsible;
6.        Take immediate steps to identify and disarm groups affiliated with political parties and sever their linkages with security forces, intelligence services and other Government authorities;
7.        Invite OHCHR to establish a full-fledged country presence to monitor the human rights situation, advise on implementation of the High Commissioner’s recommendations and of all HRC resolutions, and provide technical assistance;
8.        Initiate action to seek Supreme Court review of its decision in the Singarasa case[1]to affirm the applicability of international human rights treaties in domestic law and reinstate the competence of the UN Human Rights Committee to consider individual complaints;
9.        Develop a fully-fledged vetting process respecting due process to remove from office military and security force personnel and any other public official where there are reasonable grounds to believe that they were involved in human rights violations;
10.     Ratify the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances, the Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court;