The UNHRC instead passed resolution A/HRC/S-11/L.1/Rev.2 on 27 May 2009 which
commended the Sri Lankan government's actions
condemned the Tamil Tigers
ignored allegations of violations of human rights and humanitarian law by governmentforces.
This resolution was passed by 29 votes to 12 votes with 6 abstentions.
Note that the original draft of the resolution had no mention of any call for internationalinvestigation of any war crimes by Lankan regime.
It merely shares out the blame on „abuses‟ by both sides during the war. Then it talked of post
war cooperation with agencies and called for more freedom for human rights groups and criticalmedia to operate freely.Though that Resolution draft was thwarted and the final Resolution passed was that of commending the Lankan regime for its conduct of War and condemnation of the LiberationTigers for its violations of Human rights.This acknowledgement of war crimes on part of the Liberation theological movement meant areversal for its ideologues.At another level- this also alarmed the Remnants of this particular liberation movement overseasalready suffering the legal curtailment as a terrorist organization, a grim prospect of a possibleLankan drive towards prosecutions for their contribution to the movement.Promptly- the ideologically aligned Human Rights groups started countering this as follows-Since this was about the Liberation Tigers and a cause célèbre of global Liberation theologicalmovemen
t and its future, it doesn‟t surprise us that the first salvo towards lifting of ban on the
LTTE should come from a move at Rome.The
Permanent Peoples' Tribunal
The tribunal stated that the crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government against the TamilTigers could not be justified because "neither war crimes, nor crimes against humanity would be justified by any act committed by the victims".
The tribunal found that the USA and UK
undermined the ceasefire by pressurizing the EUinto designating the Tamil Tigers as a terrorist organization
. This allowed the Sri Lankangovernment to restart the war and thus commit the human rights violations.