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Desmond Tutu backs calls for international probe on Sri Lanka

Posted on: March 5, 2014 10:33 AM
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[The Nation] Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use this year's sessions to pass a resolution that will "include a commitment to an independent international investigation in the form of a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka."

In a letter to the UNHRC, he said that only this will help put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation. The letter has been signed by several human rights activists who have called for an international probe on Sri Lanka. 

However, South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Nkoana Mashabane has backed Sri Lanka to have its own mechanism. 

“Mr President the Human Rights Council has been seized with the issue of Sri Lanka for a while. Let me share with you, Mr. President our approach on the Sri Lanka situation. It is important that we allow Sri Lankans to find each other, and out of this find solutions that are durable for their country. We as, as South Africans also had to find each other and consequently find our own solution to our own problem. This is our wish for the people of Sri Lanka.”

Following are excerpts of the letter sent by Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu:

We, concerned individuals and organisations from around the world, urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to use their March 2014 session to pass a resolution that will include a commitment to an independent international investigation in the form of a commission of inquiry in Sri Lanka. Only this will help put the country on the path to justice and reconciliation. 

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