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* Pro-Eelam Tamil Group slams 'insubstantial' US resolution on Sri Lanka
Tue, Mar 4, 2014, 11:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: A separatist Tamil nationalist diaspora group in UK today slammed the 'insubstantial' US-sponsored draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva Monday.

The draft resolution co-sponsored by the UK called for an international probe into Sri Lanka's alleged rights abuses during the war with Tamil Tiger Terrorists.

The Tamil diaspora group called British Tamil Forum (BTF) said the "insubstantial" draft resolution on Sri Lanka has greatly disappointed and shocked the Tamil people, who are the primary victims of the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka.

The BTF said the resolution calls for another update from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in a year's time and makes another call on Sri Lanka to launch a credible domestic inquiry despite the Human Rights Commissioner herself declaring that Sri Lanka has no political will to investigate itself.

"Five years on from the terrible massacres of 2009, the Tamil people have been told to put up with another year of lost land, lost people, further curtailment of rights, physical and sexual abuse," the BTF said.

A state that is moving in an "increasingly authoritarian direction", according to the Human Rights High Commissioner, has inexplicably been given yet more time and space, the group added.

The BTF says the resolution allows more time for the Sri Lankan state to complete its programme of destroying evidence and eliminating witnesses to the crimes committed.

The group noted that the two previous resolutions at the UNHRC, in 2012 and 2013, though fell far short of the Tamils' demand for truth and justice, rekindled some faith among the Tamil people that the international community would eventually deliver them justice but the draft resolution tabled yesterday completely shattered that hope.

"The draft text released yesterday is a painful slap in the face of all those victims who still await justice and a kick in the back for the weary Tamils of North and East Sri Lanka, who are trying to get on with their everyday lives in the face of escalating colonisation and militarisation of their lands," the group said.

The BTF said the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his government have given them strong reassurances that they will ensure an international independent investigation takes place in Sri Lanka.

Also, the UN High Commissioner, President of the International Crisis Group, Ms Louise Arbour, several NGOs and the Christian churches in the North and East of Sri Lanka have called for an immediate independent international investigation.

The group slammed the resolution saying that undoubtedly such a "meaningless" resolution would undermine the Tamil people's belief that engagement with the international community can serve any purpose in their decades-long struggle for peace, freedom and rights on Sri Lanka.

The British Tamils Forumurged the UK government to heed the repeated requests of the Human Rights High Commissioner and to honor UK Prime Minister's promise to the British Tamil community by ensuring that a robust and independent international investigation mechanism is announced in the resolution text ahead of voting on 26 March 2014.

The BTF is reportedly a leading Tamil separatist organization which had links to the internationally designated Tamil Tiger terrorist group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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