While the US officials, who visited the island of Sri Lanka last month, were talking of tabling a ‘procedural resolution’ to approach affairs of the island at the March sessions of the UNHRC in Geneva, the report that has come from the office of Ms Navi Pillai (OHCHR) on Monday outlined what procedures have to be taken to further the processes started with last year’s resolution at the UNHRC. When the US-tabled resolution, watered down by India and passed last year, was fundamentally responsible for the acceleration of structural genocide of Eezham Tamils as witnessed in the course of the year, any further ‘procedural’ enhancement of the resolution is like decorating the rat’s tail with a silk tassel, as the saying in Tamil goes (eli vaalukku padduk kungncham), commented human rights activists in Jaffna.
Ms. Navi Pillay is the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and heads the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a UN body of 47 elected countries, the sessions of which are facilitated and convened by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Upholding Colombo’s genocidal blueprint of the LLRC as “significant and far-reaching”, the report by the OHCHR observed that the Government of Sri Lanka has made “significant progress in rebuilding infrastructure”.
However, the report identified that the commitment for implementation of LLRC findings had come only on selected recommendations.
It also said that the Colombo government had not adequately engaged civil society in support of a “more consultative and inclusive reconciliation process”.
On investigation of alleged serious violations of human rights, the steps taken by Sri Lanka have been “inconclusive, and lack the independence and impartiality required to inspire confidence”, the report said.
The report urged urgency of action to combat impunity, pointing out reports of “extrajudicial killings, abductions and enforced disappearances”.
The report was harping on the “establishment of a truth-seeking mechanism as an integral part of a more comprehensive and inclusive approach to transitional justice”.
Shallowly dealing with recent manifestations of congenital issues in the island, the report suggested to “engage civil society and minority community representatives in dialogue on appropriate forms of commemoration and memorialization that will advance inclusion and reconciliation.”
On the crux of the matter, elusive to solutions in the island for ages, the report restricted itself only to taking “further steps in demilitarization and devolution to involve minority communities fully in decision-making processes.”
The report concluded by citing the stand of Ms Navi Pillai that “In this regard, she reaffirms her long-standing call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, which could also monitor any domestic accountability process.”
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While what crisis that has taken the island to the international scrutiny is a national question and is a question of genocide, the approach and procedural suggestions viewing it as something not connected to the questions, but to connected to all-island structural issues, is a fundamentally deviatory and a knowingly wrong machination repeated over the ages due to the Power interests.
As a body of United Nations and not as a body of the United Establishments of the world, the OHCHR report has failed in its duty to tell the humanity of our times the real nature of the issue and the possible impact of it to entire humanity in allowing Power interests to twist and hijack the issue, commented Tamil human rights activists in the island.
The Navi Pillay report of the OHCHR will be presented along with the report of the UN Secretary General and the annual report of the UNHRC, under Agenda item 2 of the 22nd session of the UNHRC at Geneva in March.
When the so-called International Organisation, conceived to be rising above the Establishments and the nation-states of the world, could not able to see and talk of explicit realities in the island, the existence and non-existence of the organisation matters nothing to the serious minded of the next generation that cares for shaping humanity’s future, commented new generation Tamil activists in the island.