Feb 21, Chennai: The Tamil political party in Tamil Nadu, DMK today urged the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to facilitate a separate resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council seeking an independent and credible probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka.
DMK MPs led by its Parliamentary Party Leader T R Baalu submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister in New Delhi asking him to "support and facilitate UN-led independent and international investigation into the war crimes committed during the 2008-09 war in Sri Lanka."
The memorandum, while noting that India supported the previous two resolutions against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in 2012 and 2013, said it is only logical for the Indian government to look at "escalating this action and looking for a solution away from domestic options."
"We strongly urge you to show solidarity with the oppressed Tamil people of Sri Lanka and work with the international community to push for an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka," the MPs appealed in the memorandum released to Indian media by Baalu's office.
It said that the previous domestic mechanisms set up by Sri Lanka were unsuccessful failed to address the issues and the Sri Lankan government has no political will to implement a "credible domestic truth-telling or accountability process."
The memorandum said Sri Lanka had not even accepted the recommendations made by Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which according to the DMK "was criticized for being too weak." "
The Sri Lankan government has set up a national action plan to implement the LLRC recommendations and consistently said that the government needs more time to implement some of the recommendations as those require constitutional changes. "
According to DMK, India should seek "an independent and credible international mechanism under UN to investigate war crimes committed by Sri Lankan armed forces during the period from September 2008 to May 2009," at the next month's UNHRC session in Geneva. "
UN should also set up a mechanism to monitor the continuing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, especially, the crackdown on activists and journalists seeking accountability from the state, the memorandum urged. "