This is not a document for easy reading, nor is it meant to be. It is areasonably comprehensive record of the abysmal record of the UN and theUN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in addressing human rights violations. It is being submitted to the UNHRC and will probably end up in a dustbin. Sobe it.
UN Human Rights Council meeting Another Farce
By Brian Senewiratne
MA. MD. FRCP.FRACP
(March 16, 2012, Melbourne, Sri Lanka Guardian)
Session of this talk-shop started on 27 February 2012 and will goon till 23 March 2012. While people concerned with the serious violations of human rights of the Tamil people by the murderous politico-military juntaled by President Mahinda Rajapaksa are hoping that this Meeting willdemand an international investigation into war crimes (as suggested by theUN Secretary General’s Advisory Panel of Experts
), I am highly scepticalthat it will. The track record of the UN and the UNHRC is such that to believeotherwise is ignorance, if not plain stupidity. The bombshell has just been dropped, the (UK) Channel 4 Newsdocumentary
“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished”,
a follow-up to the shocking video
“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”
aired in June 2011. Thelatter was screened at a special showing in the UN Human Rights Councilmeeting soon after it was released. It shocked the world and even thehardened diplomats in the UNHRC, some of whom were unable to continuewatching the ghastly scenes and turned their heads away (I saw this on arecording of the showing).
This paper was written well before the Human Rights Council meeting started on 27 February, 2012,but I decided to hold it back till I was able to be sure it was yet another farce. There is nowoverwhelming evidence that it is a farce.
Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka
”.Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Chair; Steven Ratner (United States); Yasmin Sooka (South Africa).Appointed 22 June 2010, started work on 16 September 2010. A 124 page Report submitted 31 March2011. The Panel were lawyers of international repute:-
(Indonesia) former Attorney General and past Chairman of Indonesia’s NationalHuman Rights Commission and Founding Director of the Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN,
(US),Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, an authority on Law of War,and
(South Africa), Executive Director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, and formerlythe Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa), and by the UN to theSierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.