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UN Rights Chief cites IC for rejecting release of Tamil POWs

[TamilNet, Sunday, 07 February 2016, 23:34 GMT]
According to NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, who met UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, visiting Jaffna on Sunday, the Chief has conveyed to him that the governments of the International Community are not in favour of the model of granting general amnesty to prisoners of war. Mr Zeid was citing the case of Syria and this message should go to our children languishing in the prisons, the Chief Minister said. Mr Zeid has indicated that the Tamil POWs should go through the judicial system of Colombo for their release. From demanding Tamils to surrender to genocidal Sri Lanka during the war, to prodding them into barbed-wire camps at the end of the war and to the present stand of the UN Human Rights Chief, the UN was always dodging its responsibilities.



UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
Genocidal Sri Lanka's president Maithiripala Sirisena has recently said that the delay in releasing the prisoners was due to ‘political reasons’. Now, it seems that the so-called International Community of Establishments has come to the rescue of the agent regime in Colombo by taking the responsibility on to them, in keeping the Tamils as prisoners at the mercy of the genocidal State, commented Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

Nothing has basically changed in the model and attitude of those who conceived and direct the genocide from the outside. What every Tamil could do in response, as individual civil resistance and civil disobedience, is to reject ‘Sri Lanka’ of their engineering in words and deeds, the activists further said.

Mr Zeid arrived in Jaffna from Colombo in a Sri Lanka Air Force aircraft through Palaali military base and visited the NPC Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran and H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, who is the Sinhala Governor of Northern Province. Mr Palihakkara, soon to leave Northern Province, was previously the head of so-called ‘LLRC’ panel appointed by former SL President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Zeid was addressing media at the SL Governor's office.

Zeid's presence at the office of Northern Provincial Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran lasted for one hour. He also met five representatives of the families of missing persons who handed over their appeals to him. A UN official who accompanied Mr Zeid was collecting particulars from the victims while the UN Rights Chief was talking to the NPC Chief Minister and his ministers.

Although the UN Rights Chief met some of the victims and tried to console them with gentle words, the allocated time was very short, human rights activists said.

The Colombo-centric officials were intentionally giving confusing information about the scheduled programme of Mr Zeid in Jaffna to the families of the victims to weaken their presence during his trip to Jaffna, the families of the missing persons complained. They were waiting in front of the UN World Food Programme office at the Temple Road in Jaffna and in front of the office of NPC Chief Minister from 9:00 a.m. to hand over their appeals in person. Their main demand was to get the Sri Lankan State to give a responsible clarification on the whereabouts of the missing persons at the hands of the SL military.

Paying a visit to Sabapathipillai camp at Maruthanaar-madam, where a section of the uprooted people from Valikaamam North reside at Maruthanaar-madam reside, Mr Zeid said he hoped see them resettled before his next visit to Jaffna.



Journalists who were present to cover the events in Jaffna told TamilNet that the UN office in Colombo had arranged the visit as a token ritual. The entire programme was controlled and executed in the same manner as with the previous visits of Western leaders and Sinhala leaders visiting Jaffna. It looked like a public relations exercise of secondary nature, they added.

The UN Human Rights Council last year came out with its findings of grave violations, but refused international investigations on Tamil genocide. The recommended ‘hybrid’ investigations of international and domestic composition.

However, the US-‘Sri Lanka’ consensus resolution watered down it further into domestic investigation and handed over the fate of investigations to the genocdial State of Sri Lanka.



The UN Rights Chief, responding to the questions from the press, said that there is improvement; it still requires more efforts and there were many challenges as highlighted in the report last year and so on. “By the end of this trip I will have a much better impression of where we stand,” he was telling the reporters.



UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna
UN HR Chief Zeid visits Jaffna


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