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Refer Sri Lanka to United Nations General Assembly for War Crimes – Endorsement

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ICJ Victoria endorses the campaign to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly for War Crimes.

(Annotated from above website) According to UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka, around 70,000 Tamils were killed in six months in 2009.  Tamil women were sexually assaulted and raped by Sri Lankan Security forces. War crimes and crimes against humanity were committed.

To address these issues, numerous resolutions on Sri Lanka were passed in UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since the war ended, seven years ago. Time and space in good faith with encouragement were given to Sri Lanka to implement UN Resolutions and its own LLRC report, but no concrete actions have been taken by both the previous and the present government. It has no political will to do so.

UK should not sponsor or support a roll-over Resolution with an extension of time, as requested by the Sri Lankan Government. This call by the Sri Lankan Government is to buy time to deviate the international community from its attention on Sri Lanka and to continue its abuses.

This petition requests that The Right Honorable Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, to take appropriate steps at the UN Human Rights Council, in March 2017, by referring Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly.

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