‘India should take stand on Lanka in UNHCR’

CPI(M) on Tuesday asked the government to take a stand in the UN Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan government should order a credible investigation into allegations of extra-judicial killings during civil war.

New Delhi: CPI(M) on Tuesday asked the government
to take a stand in the UN Human Rights Council that the Sri
Lankan government should order a credible investigation into
allegations of extra-judicial killings during civil war and
enforced disappearances.

In a statement, party politburo said, even though the
conflict in Sri Lanka ended three years ago with the defeat of
the LTTE, the question of bringing to book those accountable
for serious human rights violations and killings during the
last phase of the war is still hanging fire.

The Sri Lankan government had constituted a Lessons
Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to go into the
matter. The recommendations submitted by the Commission five
months ago have still not been implemented by the Sri Lankan
government, it said.

"The Indian government should take the stand in the UN
Human Rights Council that the Sri Lankan government should
take up the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC
without any further delay.

"These include the necessity for a credible investigation
into the allegations of extra-judicial killings, enforced
disappearances and a political settlement involving the
devolution of powers to the provinces," it said.

"Given the growing evidence of killings of civilians and
serious human rights violations, it is necessary to have a
credible and independent investigation into these charges. All
those responsible should be held accountable and brought to
book," the statement said.

PTI

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