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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
At the 56th Sessions of the UN Commission of Human Rights Commision in March 2000, Pax Christi International accused Sri Lanka of 'escalating' human rights violations and the Asian Legal Resource Centre concluded that the Sri Lanka 'disappearances' were 'carried out as part of a plan approved by the highest political authorities'.
Statement by Pax Christi International "...the Sri Lankan military is responsible for the human rights violations of the Tamils and is viewed with fear and hatred by the Tamil population. Hence, demilitarization of the Tamil areas would see the return of normalcy to the lives of the 800,000 refugees.... Despite the visits by special representatives of the (UN) Secretary-General, the situation has not improved; on the contrary, human rights violations are escalating unabated..." more
Statement by Asian Legal Resource Centre "...what has taken place in Sri Lanka in terms of mass disappearances is a crime against humanity. The local commissions have concluded that most disappearances that occurred in Sri Lanka were killings after arrest; they have further concluded that disappearances were carried out as part of a plan approved by the highest political authorities..." more
Report of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances "... the Working Group wishes to stress that Sri Lanka remains the country with the second largest number of non-clarified cases of disappearances on its list.... many of the earlier recommendations of the Working Group have not been implemented... the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations...have not been abolished or brought into line with internationally accepted standards of human rights..." more