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“An intrusive investigation has so far not yielded genuine reconciliation, and a life of dignity and self-respect for people anywhere. Sri Lanka can’t be any different,” said The Hindu in an editorial on Saturday, shedding crocodile tears for the dignity and self respect of Eezham Tamils and joining the forces that are determined to sabotage even a weak international investigation at the outset. The freedom of the investigation on the ground has already been ditched by the US withdrawing the demilitarisation part of the resolution, and the international weight as well as the result yielding capacity of the investigation has considerably been wrecked by New Delhi abstaining from the voting and openly declaring against the investigation, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

Unlike Vijay Nambiar and Kamalesh Sharma in the international organisations, who were taking the line of serving New Delhi’s agenda on Eezham Tamils and have brought in questions on the credibility of the organisations they serve, Ms Navi Pillai, despite her limitations, is on a refreshing path in rejuvenating hopes on international forums.

Against the backdrop of the stand taken by the existing New Delhi regime, and media in India such as The Hindu, peoples of India, especially the people of Tamil Nadu have to think of ways how the UNHRC mission could be strengthened to bring in positive results in the delivery of justice.

As The Hindu implies, internal investigation and internal measures are an ideal course, if they could work. Perhaps that is what peoples of India and their civil institutions have to embark upon about the Establishment in India and media empires that have contributed and are contributing to genocide.

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Feb 262014
 
Tamils cautioned against word trick of OHCHR

Tamils living world over should take a careful note on who is skipping away from including the demand for an ‘international investigation’ in the draft resolution to be placed at the UN Human Rights Council this March, Tamil activists in the island told TamilNet on Tuesday. The diaspora Tamils and Tamils of Tamil Nadu should not be carried away by the ‘media discourse’ in Colombo following the latest recommendations of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanetham Pillay, the activists warned. The latest phrase ‘international inquiry mechanism’ could also imply a process of questioning or fact-finding mission by UN Special Rapporteurs under the human rights regime of the UNHRC, which would only end up adding just another report to the existing piles of UN reports. Tamil lobbyists abroad should not deceive the masses by their misinterpretations of the terminology, the activists said.

An ‘international investigation’, which Tamils demand is a mechanism that comes under an existing international court or a UN special tribunal constituted to the specific purpose of investigating the alleged crime of genocide against Eezham Tamils, an act that should be taken up by the UN Security Council.

A resolution in the UNHRC calling for international investigation would clearly place the responsibility at the hands of the UN Security Council.

The question is whether the draft resolution would have a specific and legally binding demand on ‘international investigation’.

The USA is not prepared to add the demand for international investigation in its draft resolution, informed diplomatic sources in Colombo said at the time of this writing.

At this juncture, Eezham Tamils in UK should demand the British government to prove its credibility by placing a draft resolution calling for international investigations as the British Prime Minister David Cameron has earlier gone on record stating that he would be calling for international investigations on Sri Lanka, the Tamil activists in the island said.

In 2013 February, Ms Navi Pillay came with the following paragraph at the end of her recommendations in the annual report (A/HRC/22/38):

“64. The High Commissioner noted the views expressed by many stakeholders in Sri Lanka, including prominent community leaders, that the attention paid by the Human Rights Council to issues of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka had helped to create space for debate, and catalyzed positive steps forward, however limited at this stage. The High Commissioner encourages the Council to continue its engagement and build on this momentum. In this regard, she reaffirms her long-standing call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, which could also monitor any domestic accountability process.”

In 2014 February, Navi Pillay’s report has come with the following paragraph in the beginning of her recommendations in the latest annual report (A/HRC/25/23):

“74. The High Commissioner recommends that the Human Rights Council establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law and monitor any domestic accountability processes. OHCHR stands ready to assist in such a process.”

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