Cutting UN ties will earn Sri Lanka rogue status, says Prof. Boyle

[TamilNet, Friday, 19 March 2010, 00:28 GMT]
"If the Government of Sri Lanka ruptures relations with the United Nations, then it will turn itself into a pariah state along the lines of apartheid South Africa or the genocidal rump Yugoslavia, both of which the United Nations General Assembly suspended from participation in the activities of the United Nations for their criminal behavior. In fact and in law, the same principles should apply here.," said Professor Boyle, commenting on Colombo's recent warning that "ties with the United Nations (UN) is in danger of going sour if the present conflict with UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon over his move to appoint a panel on Sri Lanka is not resolved."

To U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s stated intention to appoint an expert committee to advise Ban on "the standards, benchmarks and parameters, based on international experience, that must guide any accountability process [for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws]," Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister responded that the proposed UN measure can only be construed as an “intrusive unilateral initiative” by the UN Secretary General, and that "if not resolved taking into consideration Sri Lanka’s unique context and rising public anger against the UN Chief’s proposed move, it has the potential to dent or sour the excellent partnership Sri Lanka."

Professor Boyle added that in addition to the suspension from the UN activities, "[t]he United Nations General Assembly should also suspend Sri Lanka from participation in the activities of the entirety of the United Nations Organization and its Subsidiary Bodies and Affiliated Organizations because of the genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity that the GOSL inflicted on the Tamils in Vanni a year ago.

"Materially, there is no difference between apartheid South Africa and the genocidal rump Yugoslavia, on the one hand, and the genocidal, apartheid Sri Lanka, on the other. For that reason, Sri Lanka deserves to be treated as a pariah state by the United Nations Organization itself and by its 192 member states," Prof. Boyle added.

In earlier commentaries on the U.N.- Sri Lanka issue, Prof. Boyle repeatedly rejected Government of Sri Lanka's allegations that this [investigations into war crimes] is an "internal" matter of "domestic concern" that is beyond the competence of the UN.

Prof. Boyle, who is also a leading expert in International Law, asserted that "the U.N. Secretary General has the power to order and publish not only investigations into the violations of member countries in the conduct of war, but also the "entire role played by the United Nations Organization and its Officials," during the wars.


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