Britain legally obliged to prevent Genocide in Sri Lanka: Prof. Boyle

[TamilNet, Thursday, 26 February 2009, 20:27 GMT]
Since the British Foreign Minister has now publicly admitted on behalf of his Government that Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is "quite prepared to go ahead with acts of genocide," then under Article I of the Genocide Convention, the British government has a legal obligation "to prevent" this expected genocide of the Tamils by GoSL, said Professor Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, in a note sent to TamilNet.

Prof. Francis Boyle
Prof. Francis A. Boyle, University of Illinois College of Law
Britain also has domestic implementing legislation for the Genocide Convention that leads to the same legal conclusion, Prof. Boyle added.

Reporting form the transcript of the discussion on Sri Lanka in Parliament from Hansard, TamilNet earlier said, "Britain's Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, agreed Tuesday with parliamentarians who said that the Sri Lankan government is "quite prepared to go ahead with acts of genocide."

"Responding to Mr. Elfyn Llwyd, MP, Mr. Miliband said "the resolution of [a] terrorist problem cannot be achieved at the expense of the rights of minority communities in Sri Lanka, and that is what we are trying to work on." Britain was encouraging Sri Lanka's government to work with London's newly appointed Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, former defence minister and Secretary of State for Scotland, Des Browne, the Foreign Secretary said."


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