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India must take position on Lanka's war crimes: HRW

United Nations, Apr 20, (PTI):

"India will have to take a public position," Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told PTI. Ganguly added that if India wanted to emerge as a leader on the global stage then the country's leadership would have to show its intention of "protecting the rights of people over government."

An independent panel of experts, which submitted its report to the UN, has found "credible allegations" of crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Tamil Tigers.

The excerpts leaked to Sri Lanka's 'Island' newspaper, said that "the panel found credible allegations, which if proven, indicate that a wide range of serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law were committed both by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, some of which would amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity".

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the report as "fundamentally flawed" and "based on patently biased material, which is presented without any verification".

If calls for accountability grow, observers have noted that the Indian government would probably discuss the issue privately with the Sri Lankan government. India's position on human rights has come under increasing scrutiny as New Delhi hopes to get a permanent seat in the Security Council.

Recently India, which is currently a non-permanent member on the Council, voted for the first round of sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi but it abstained on the resolution authorising use of force.

Ganguly noted that India had played a positive role in dealing with the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East but said it wasn't enough to address human rights situations in a "middle ground way".

"There are people in Tamil Nadu who also care about it (India's position on the Lankan war crimes)," she said.

6 Comments

Prosecute Indian leaders like Karunanithi,Sonia along with MR brothers for war crime.
Not to mention LTTE and its sponsors as well.

Posted by: Sumith | April 20, 2011 11:18 PM

HRW and Brad Adams unable to forge with their hidden agenda on Sri Lanka are now attempting drag Mother India into the fray to assist them to continue with their hypocrisy & dirty work at a time "Dirty Sethu" @ nadaraja Sethupuram have had change of heart & has begun a clean up act from Norway.

Posted by: dagobert | April 21, 2011 01:32 AM

Meenakshi,

What about India's war crimes !

Instigating, arming and training the LTTE by the RAW on the orders of Indira Ghandi and later Rajiv.

Or perhaps..... a much greater power...has already dealt with those responsible.

Posted by: David | April 21, 2011 04:45 AM

Its amazing how the US,UN,HRW,AI & other agencies are once again insync to stuff up Sri Lanka.

Posted by: chris silva | April 21, 2011 07:15 AM

This is very hilarious. India, how can she take side, when she herself partner in this War crime

Posted by: Ravi | April 21, 2011 08:26 PM

At the start, the UNSG said; he is appointing a panel to advice him on what went during the end of the 'war' in Sri Lanka.

However, it now looks as if the trio appointed to the panel had elevated themselves to be the judges, the jury and the executioners for all what had happened.

So we should not make any endeavor to analyze the judgement by panel but organize a through campaign to show it to the world and India in particular in order to undermine the panel's arbitrary action.
Leela

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2011 08:35 PM

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