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Tribunal rules government guilty

2013 Dec 10

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) which concluded its second hearing on Sri Lanka in Bremen, Germany today, found the Government guilty of committing grave human rights abuses and also found that India, Britain and the US were complicit in those crimes.

An eminent panel of jurors were assembled by the PPT to hear charges made against Sri Lanka by the International Human Rights Association (IMRV) in Bremen and the Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka (IFPSL).

The charges were that the British, US and Indian states are guilty of complicity in the allegations raised against the Sri Lankan government.

The first phase of the Tribunal, which was held in January 2010 in Dublin, was the first ever international effort to investigate the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the final stages of the protracted conflict in Sri Lanka.

The second phase was held this week with the participation of direct victims as well as expert witnesses from Europe and several other countries.

In addition to this, reports and documents compiled by different international and local organisations and human rights groups since 2009 were also submitted to the Panel.

Among those who spoke at the tribunal are members of the Tamil Diaspora and ‘No Fire Zone’ Director Callum Macrae.

Rulings by the people tribunal are usually are sent to major international bodies and many have been discussed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva so the ruling on Sri Lanka is likely to be passed on to the Council ahead of its March 2014 session. (Colombo Gazette)

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