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article imageCanadian coalition urges international inquiry on 'war crimes' Special

By Andrew Moran     May 15, 2010 in World
Toronto - May has been marked by the global Tamil community as the month of remembrance for those who have been slaughtered by the Sri Lankan government during the unpleasant times, which still persists.
This month, Tamils around the world are remembering the tens of thousands of people who died in Sri Lanka’s war. At least 40,000 civilians were massacred, 50,000 were mutilated and tens of thousands of Tamils are internally displaced.
May is the month of remembrance
Last week, more than 30 Members of Parliament and Senators, including MPs Jack Layton and Bob Rae, which was organized by the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), attended the memorial inside the Canadian Parliament.
During the memorial, Kubes Nava from the CTC urged the Canadian government to request United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to establish a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes, reports Tamil Canadian.
“Canada must help ensure that those who violated the gravest of international crimes are held to account for their actions,” said Nava.
International investigation requested by Tamils worldwide
The Coalition to Stop the War in Sri Lanka (CTSWL) has also called upon the international community to setup an independent international inquiry on “war crimes,” which has also been deemed as “necessary” to create sustainable peace.
Last month, Senthan Nada, a Toronto spokesperson for CTSWL, explained the history of Sri Lankan Tamils to Digital Journal and stated that Tamils in the country never expected to be made “second class citizens,” which has now spanned several decades.
On Saturday, Nada told Digital Journal that Sri Lankan Tamils have faced atrocities from the government’s armed forces. Although the war on "Tamil resistance is over,” says Nada, there are still more than 100,000 Tamil IDPs illegally held in detention centers, which are described as in-adequately managed, over-crowded and military guarded and many of the detainees are malnourished.
“There are still more than 11,000 sympathizers who were accused of connected with the Tamil rebels are under total inhumane conditions to the complete isolation from the rest of the world including outbound to independent media and aid workers.”
Nada stated a United States-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, which said that many detainees are being denied the right to know the specific reason for their arrest, to challenge the arrest and even to receive legal counsel.
Members of the international community respond
Former Human Rights High Commissioner, Louise Arbour, recently commented on the situation in Sri Lanka and said it’s quite troublesome and “not very good” because the present Sri Lanka model is basically "to keep everybody out," including the United Nations, and to keep their borders tight.
Arbour has also stated that she will look into the alleged war crimes and if she finds sufficient evidence of violations then she will be having a conference on war crimes in Sri Lanka in order to make the case for an independent international inquiry, reports the Tamil News Network.
“If the civilized world which also includes Canada believe in what it profess in the lands of freedom are true, then the same civilized world must serve justice to the long victimized, tormented, most unfortunate, helpless, voiceless, and hapless Tamils in Sri Lanka by holding Sri Lanka accountable for its war crimes and violation of both international humanitarian and human rights laws against it Tamil citizens in Sri Lanka,” said Nada.
Nada concluded that Sri Lanka must accept the “concept of truth and reconciliation.” Therefore, the CTSWL spokesperson says the “civilized world” must use the proper methods to establish, law, order, peace and justice and an “acceptable solution.”
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