South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

Since the conclusion of the Eelam War IV, the international community, Tamil diaspora and several human rights organizations have been calling for an international probe into the alleged war crimes during the final phase of the war.

They have also been critical of the government resettlement as being slow. In addition, they have consistently raised concerns with regard to the lack of information regarding thousands of former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) combatants in camps around the Island.

These demands gained momentum as the Sri Lankan government appeared hesitant to address these allegations. It was in this backdrop that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon appointed a panel of experts to probe Sri Lanka’s human rights record. By the time President Rajapaksa appointed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the issue had provided a platform for the Tamil diaspora to unite over alleged human rights violations during the final phase of the war.

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