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Human Rights Day 2010

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Human Rights Day 2010: Time to Establish International War Crime inquiry in Sri Lanka

 

The promotion and protection of human rights has been a major challenge  for the United Nations since 1945, when the Organization's founding nations resolved that the horrors of The Second World War should never be allowed to recur. 

 

Respect for human rights and human dignity "is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world", the General Assembly declared three years later in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

 

On the eve of Human Rights Day on December 10, 2010, the President of the CWVHR, Mr. Anton Philip says the Sri Lankan Human rights situation illustrates the dangers and abuse to which the people of the Nation are subjected.

 

In the recent days, numerous credible evidences emerging to point a serious breach of International law amounting to a war crime in Sri Lanka. In a report, WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA, the International Crisis Group said, “The scale of civilian deaths and suffering demands a response. Peace in Sri Lanka requires some measure of justice. An UN-sponsored international inquiry should be the first step in producing a comprehensive and credible record of the final months of Sri Lanka’s war.”

 

In a report on December 8, 2010, the Human rights Watch said, “The New evidence links the Sri Lankan army's 53 Division to the alleged summary execution of prisoners on May 18, 2009, during the final hours of the 26-year armed conflict in Sri Lanka. Human Rights Watch repeated its call for the United Nations to undertake a full investigation into wartime abuses. This horrific new evidence demonstrates graphically that the Sri Lankan army engaged in summary executions of prisoners during the final days of fighting in May 2009," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The government's failure to investigate these serious war crimes in the face of overwhelming evidence shows the need for an independent, international investigation."

 

The Elders in a statement in May said, “The Elders believe an independent, international inquiry, with the ability to gather evidence within the country, is the best option. We hope this will be the recommendation of the expert panel due to be set up to advise the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon.”

 

On this year's human rights day, the CWVHR  urging the UN and all other human rights defenders to work together and establish an independent International Investigation on the Sri Lankan war crimes, without further delay and bring justice to the affected population. A public forum is organized by CWVHR to commemorate the International Human Rights Day at Scarborough Civic Centre on December 10th from 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 pm

 

WAR CRIMES: JOIN US TO URGE JUSTICE

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WAR CRIMES: JOIN US TO URGE JUSTICE

 

21st century, war crimes still continues... In a report, WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA, the International

Crisis Group said, “The scale of civilian deaths and suffering demands a response. Peace in Sri Lanka

requires some measure of justice. An UN-sponsored international inquiry should be the first step in

producing a comprehensive and credible record of the final months of Sri Lanka’s war.”

 

The Elders in a statement in May said, “The Elders believe an independent, international inquiry, with the

ability to gather evidence within the country, is the best option. We hope this will be the recommendation

of the expert panel due to be set up to advise the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon.”

 

On 22 June 2010, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, established a Panel of Experts to advise him

on the issue of accountability with regard to alleged violations of international human rights and

humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

 

The Panel now, willing to hear from you Join the following well-known personalities and urged the panel

to recommend establishing an independent international inquiry on the War Crimes committed in Sri

Lanka.

 

Join them and Urge for an independent international inquiry in Sri Lanka;

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, chair of The Elders, David Cameron, British Prime Minister, Navaneetham Pillai,

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General, Jimmy

Carter, 39th President of the United States of America, Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, Mary

Robinson, Former Irish President and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madame Louise

Arbour, President and CEO, International Crisis Group, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil

Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch,  Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International

Martti Ahtisaari, Former President of Finland and international mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, Former Algerian

Foreign Minister and former UN envoy, Graça Machel, Former Minister of Education and Culture in Mozambique

 

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Deadline for Submissions: 15 December 2010

 

(Submission not to exceed ten pages, and must include the contact details of the author)

 

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"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice"

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 November 2010 23:46
 

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Panel Discussion

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Panel Discussion

Organized by

Centre for War Victims and Human Rights  (CWVHR)

on


Submission to UN Panel of Experts with regard to alleged violations of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka

 

 

 

Date     Saturday, November 6th 2010


Time    10.00 A.M to 12.00 P.M


Venue   Scarborough Civic Centre(Canada) – Committee Room A

 

 

We will have Human Rights Experts, Activists and  Scholars on Humanitarian Law, and Rev. Dr. S.J Emmanuel, President of GTF in the Panel, who will advice us as to:

 

  • How could we make our Submissions? 
  • What format we should follow? 
  • What kind of Conventions and Articles we should refer to? 
  • What kind of Strategy we should adopt in making the submissions? 
  • Ways of finding evidence and how to encourage others to participate in this exercise? 
  • And many more questions and answers.

Our Submissions should be sent to UN Panel before 15th of December.

 

CWVHR is coordinating this information session with other international organizations who are working on this submission

Last Updated on Friday, 05 November 2010 13:39
 

CWVHR welcomes UN Appointed Panel on Sri Lankan Human Rights Abuses - June 23,2010

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June 23, 2010

 

CWVHR welcomes UN Appointed Panel on Sri Lankan Human Rights Abuses

 

The Centre for War Victims and Human Rights(CWVHR) welcomes the formation of the three-member panel, appointed by the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of UN to advise him on how he should be proceeding with the investigation on violation of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during the last stages of war on Tamils in 2009.

 

CWVHR congratulates the three panelists who have been working on human rights and humanitarian laws issues in various countries. They have contributed significantly on the subject. 

The three members of the panel are Marzuki Darusman, former Attorney General of Indonesia and a member of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights and, most recently, served as one of the three commissioners of the U.N. commission of inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and he will be the chair-person, along with Yasmin Sooka of South Africa who is the executive director of the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa and served as a commissioner on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  She also served on the international commissioner on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  And Steven Ratner of the United States,  who is a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, was a former member of the U.N. Group of Experts for Cambodia, whose work laid the basis for the Khmer Rouge trials.

Appointing this panel has taken over a year and still there are concerns raised with regard to responsibility of the panel as well as it’s authority. The committee members would not able to travel to Sri Lanka and would not able to interview the perpetrators of the crime.

 

Many International and local Human Rights groups including CWVHR have in their possession  Video and Photographic proofs, Personally Affected victims and relatives with details and sworn affidavits in the thousands to proof the crimes committed by the Sri Lankan state and other para- military groups.

 

The Sri Lankan state is very unhappy on the appointment of UN Panel and challenging the authority of U.N. Secretary General to investigate their human rights abuses, war crimes,  crimes against humanity and genocide of the Tamils. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris said the appointment of the panel would be "unprecedented"  -  "This is politically unacceptable to Sri Lanka and at this stage would be premature”

Sri Lankan Government is confident that, with the help of China and Russia, the Security Council of UN would never approve such investigation formally and would be same with Human Rights Council as it has the support of representatives from the Asian and African Countries

 

CWVHR believes and hopes that the panel would face all the possible challenges and provide a space for the values of International law and human rights and pave the way to prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes in Sri Lanka.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 19:35
 


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