Commenting on the Genocide Discussion held at the United Nations on the 15th January, where the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson discussed strategies to heed to early warning of mass atrocities, Professor Boyle, an expert in International Law, said, "[w]hat is needed now is for the United Nations to establish an outside Independent Commission of Investigation of distinguished experts along the lines of the Rwanda Commission with a mandate to investigate the entirety of GOSL atrocities against the Tamils. Only then might the United Nations atone for its Mortal Sins against the Tamils." The U.N., which withheld information on Sri Lanka’s killings, and refused to take up Sri Lanka in the Security Council during the Mu’l’livaaykkaal killings, continued to avoid mentioning Sri Lanka, even while it touted "Rights Up Front" doctrine modeled after Sri Lanka massacres.
Prof. Boyle’s comment sent to TamilNet follows:
"The United Nations and its Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon did not lift one finger to prevent and to stop the ongoing genocide against the Tamils by Sri Lanka in Vanni in 1999. Since the United Nations and SG Ban Ki-Moon had an obligation to do so, that renders them all “complicit” in the GOSL genocide against the Tamils in violation of Genocide Convention article 3(e) that prohibits and criminalizes “complicity in genocide.”
"I have documented these matters in my book The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka (Clarity Press: 2010) and in the subsequent comments I have written for Tamilnet. So I will not bother to repeat any of that analysis here.
"What is needed now is for the United Nations to establish an outside Independent Commission of Investigation of distinguished experts along the lines of the Rwanda Commission with a mandate to investigate the entirety of GOSL atrocities against the Tamils. Only then might the United Nations atone for its Mortal Sins against the Tamils. Otherwise, the entirety of the United Nations Organization shall always remain Guilty as Sin for what it did not do for the Tamils– Just like Rwanda and Srebrenica," Prof. Boyle said.
PDF: Rights Up Front, Sri Lanka Report
PDF: UN: Petrie Report
While Deputy UNSG, Jan Eliasson, describes the "profound internal reflection" UN should take following the "systemic failure" in addressing the humanitarian situation, what was conspicuously absent was the description of atrocities in Sri Lanka.
However, Eliasson without mentioning the word genocide says, that what happened in Sri Lanka was close to what happened in Rwanda 15 years earlier.
Innercity Press which covered the the UN action during the Mu’l’livaaykkaal massacres points to the hollow rhetoric of the UN officials, and asserts, "[e]ven while admitting "systemic failure," this underplays the degree to which the UN was complicit in what happened: it pulled out of Kilinochchi, an envoy was sent who was perceived [John Holmes or Nambiar] to just want the LTTE Tamil Tigers wiped out, so much that a ceasefire was never even called for," ICP said.
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