May 12, Strasbourg: The members of the European parliament Thursday called for a full, impartial, and transparent investigation into the allegations of human right violations cited in the United Nations Expert Panel report on Sri Lanka.
In a plenary session of the European Parliament held today in Strasbourg, the EP urged the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendations suggested by the UN panel of experts and conduct a genuine investigation.
“Following a recently published UN report which finds credible the allegations that both government forces and the LTTE conducted military operations with “flagrant” violations of human rights, MEPs call for a full, impartial and transparent investigation,” a statement issued by the EP said.
“Two years after the civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the surrender of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Parliament urges the Sri Lankan government to take active measures to protect the Tamil people so that they can look forward to “a bright and prosperous future, on equal terms with their Sinhalese fellow citizens” the EP members said.
The Panel of Experts, appointed by the UN Secretary-General to advise him on the accountability of Sri Lanka during the last phase of the war against Tamil Tiger terrorists, found “credible” evidence of violations of human rights and humanitarian law by both sides.
The Sri Lankan government has rejected the report saying that it was based on “fundamentally flawed” material.
pThe government, which is yet to respond to the UN report has said that it will provide carefully considered views.