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Open letter from the Tamil Diaspora Organisations to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, New York

We, the undersigned, urge you to stop the planned deployment to Lebanon on Sunday 18 February 2018 of a commander of the Sri Lankan commander who has frontline combat command responsibility in the final phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2008-9. We believe that, under the UN’s current vetting criteria, this commander should have been screened out of all UN peacekeeping duties. We note that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has been asked to vet UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka, but consider that ultimately the responsibility lies with your department as it seeks to ensure that only “individuals with the highest standards of integrity, competence and efficiency” are hired according to UN standards.

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Tamil Diaspora Organizations call for action on the eve of Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day

On February 4 Sri Lanka marks its 70th year of independence from Britain. Historically, this day has been a painful one for the Tamils both who live in Sri Lanka and those who have been forced into exile by discrimination and anti-Tamil violence. Tamil dignitaries and politicians did not attend the ceremonies celebrating the event from 1972 to 2014 in protest for the exclusion of the Tamil population from the political, economic, and cultural life of the country and the elimination of protections for non-Sinhalese Buddhist communities left embedded in the constitution at independence.

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Militarisation and Land Grab in Sri Lanka – event held at the UN #HRC33

பௌத்த மயமாகும் தமிழர் தாயகம் – ஐ. நா. விசேட நிகழ்வில் மறைக்கப்பட்ட உண்மைகளை மறுக்க முடியாத ஆதாரங்கள் மூலம் அனைவர் கவனத்தையும் ஈர்த்த பிரித்தானிய தமிழர் பேரவை ஜெனீவாவிலுள்ள ஐ நா மனித உரிமை கழகத்தின் 33வது கூட்டத் தொடரில் கலந்து கொண்ட உறுப்பு நாடுகள் மற்றும் சர்வதேச அரசு சாரா நிறுவனங்கள் மத்தியில் பிரித்தானிய தமிழர் பேரவை சமர்ப்பித்த ஆவணங்கள் சிறிலங்காவின் முன்னைய அரசு மற்றும் இன்றைய “நல்லாட்சி” அரசின் நிலப் பறிப்பு நடவடிக்கைகளை அம்பலப்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

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UK statement deleivered during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council under Item 2.

The UK’s statement on Sri Lanka said the following, “We welcome Sri Lanka’s continued progress on implementing resolution 30/1, most recently through the law to establish an Office of Missing Persons. This is a significant step towards reconciliation. However, much remains to be done including: repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act; releasing more civilian land occupied by the military; delivering on the commitment to devolve political authority through constitutional reform; and putting in place credible transitional justice mechanisms. We remain committed to the full implementation of resolution 30/1 and stand ready to help the Sri Lankan Government with this.”

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Keep victims at the centre of Justice, Truth and Reparation Efforts – Amnesty International

In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.1 There have been positive developments since then, including increased openness to engage with Special Procedures. However, slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration.

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