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Statement regarding lawsuits filed by human rights groups against General Jagath Jayasuriya for overseeing war crimes

Paul Scully MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGt) reacted to the news that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil fled his post after human rights groups filed lawsuits accusing him of overseeing war crimes in the final phase of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009.

General Jagath Jayasuriya who has diplomatic immunity in Brazil and the five other countries where he is ambassador has reportedly left to return to Sri Lanka.

Paul Scully said: “If the country is to reconcile differences and come together, the Sri Lankan government needs to have an open, transparent judicial process that has the confidence of both sides. The evidence prepared by human rights groups including The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) is compelling. Families of the dead and missing deserve answers and justice.

“It is not enough to hide behind diplomatic immunity or run away at the first sign of legal challenge. Interpol should issue a red notice for General Jayasuriya’s arrest and the case referred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Reconciliation will be a complicated affair but such meaningful action may start a move towards bringing this horrific and bloody chapter in the country’s history to an end.”

APPG for Tamils statement in pdf – paul-scully-statement-300817