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Don’t delay OISL report, TCSF urges UN Rights Chief

elankaThe Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) on Thursday urged the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein to proceed with the release of the findings of the OISL inquiry and in the event of finding of serious crimes being committed recommend to the relevant UN agencies and member states of the UN to take all steps necessary for international criminal prosecutions to be initiated. The network of more than 100 civil activists from the North-East, also referred to the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council on the 10th of February 2015 also expressing disbelief in the credibility of domestic mechanisms delivering on accountability, truth and justice.

The TCSF has denounced new attempts to buy time and space for the Sri Lankan government talking of domestic mechanisms to investigate the crimes that occurred during the last stages of war.

The civil society group also recalled that the setting up of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and its report served as an eye washer on accountability, belittled the serious crimes that were committed during the last stages of the war and delayed international action on accountability.

Source: Tamilnet