The International Council of Eelam Tamils (ICET) is the collective voice of grassroots
organizations representing over one million Eelam Tamils in the diaspora. We have been
working hard to gather the evidences related to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and
over six decadence-long genocide of our relatives and friends that is still continuing with
impunity in Sri Lanka.
Numerous internal commissions of inquiries appointed by successive Governments of Sri
Lanka to investigate the pogroms of 1956, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, and much
more frequently since then, have continued to shield the Sinhalese perpetrators and
blame the Tamil victims. Not a single person has been convicted and no compensation has
been given to the Eelam Tamil victims for the loss of tens of thousands of lives and billions
in property that were looted and burnt over the decades. The Tamils have lost faith in any
internal investigations due to the extreme lack of credibility in any internal mechanisms.
The Northern Provincial Council unanimously passed a resolution on February 9, 2015,
corroborating the decades long genocide unleashed upon our people and called upon the
UN OHCHR to refer it to the International Criminal Court for action.
In this context, we looked forward to an international mechanism setup under the
direction of UNHRC with the hope of bringing out the truth so that those innocent lives
were not lost in vain. However, the postponement of the release of the report is extremely
disappointing to the victims who have been awaiting justice far too long while continuing
to suffer under military occupation.
The only ray of hope is the High Commissioner’s statement, “There should be no
misunderstanding, I give my personal, absolute and unshakable commitment that the
report will be published by September.” The only way this delay can be justified is if the
OISL personnel gather additional evidence from the victims on the ground.
We sincerely hope that OHCHR will tenaciously use its powers to gain unhindered access
for the OISL team to directly gather the necessary evidence. Only such action can justify
the delay in the process to bring justice to the victims.
For more information contact: International Council of Eelam Tamils – ICET
Phone: 416.830.7703 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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