Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) opposes the attempt to grant more time for Sri Lanka to implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) proposals stipulated in the UN resolution HRC 30/1 adopted in by the Council in October 2015.
Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran addressing media in Jaffna on Saturday said he will be leaving for Geneva to participate in the UNHRC session on 23 March when the decisions will be made following the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner's report on Sri Lanka on 22 March.
The Tamil lawmaker charged that the government has no interest in fulfilling any of the obligations in the consensual resolution it co-sponsored on 01 October 2015.
While several measures including establishment of a court to probe war crimes, and appointing international judges were included in the proposals, the President, the Prime Minister and other government ministers publicly claim that those proposals will not be implemented and it is not fair to make such statements, the MP said.
Mr. Sumanthiran, pointing out that there is no obstacle to the appointment of foreign judges in accordance with the current constitution, cited the preparation to appoint Commonwealth judges to probe the charges against the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake as an example, BBC Sandehsya reported.
He said the Tamil National Alliance is of the stance that the appointment of foreign judges in the establishment of the war crimes tribunal is a must.
The MP said that if the UNHRC prepares to allow Sri Lanka additional time to implement the proposals, the TNA would clearly state its opposition at the session on 23 March.
Tamil National Alliance MP said that the party's position has not changed from the stance it adopted in Vavuniya, on March 11, and stressed that the government must implement all the proposals as adopted in the 2015 October resolution.
Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights should be established in Sri Lanka to ensure the full implementation of the Geneva proposals, the TNA MP Sumanthiran stressed.