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'India Should Raise UN Report on Lanka Rights Violations': CPI

D. Raja said the international community was shocked to witness such "war crimes and gross violations of human rights" committed during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

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(DELHI, India) - The Communist Party of India on Saturday demanded that India should raise the issue of the United Nations report on the last phase of the civil war in Sri Lanka that alleged human rights violations by the Army, during the meeting of UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, CPI national secretary D Raja said India and the government have the moral responsibility to raise the issue in international arena to bring the perpetrators of this "heinous crime to justice through the appropriate international bodies and mechanisms."

"I urge upon the Government of India to raise this issue in the current meeting of UN Human Rights Commission at Geneva," he said in the letter.

Raja said the international community was shocked to witness such "war crimes and gross violations of human rights" committed during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

He said the UN Advisory Panel in its report has highlighted that it is imperative that steps be taken to ensure accountability not be held hostage to unnecessarily slow or otherwise ineffective national efforts.

Special thanks to Times of India

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Sankaran February 27, 2012 2:00 am (Pacific time)

India should send a clear message to the island nation. The Indian establishment is alienating the Tamils here by their support to the Mahinda govt. Already the Congress is down here. It was on a downward spiral before. But it had already hit its nadir and still not found its ground. It has been almost totally wiped out. Now Congress is becoming a bad word here in Tamil Nadu. With Seeman, Vaiko are blaming the policies of the Congress for the debacle of the Tamils in the island. Even common people say that the Spectrum issue is not the reason for the defeat of the DMK Congress combine. It was the silence of the DMK for the island Tamils that has brought it the poll debacle. After all who cares for money when one’s kith and kin are dying. Congress had earlier commanded a vote of 10% approx. Now it had come down drastically. It may not see its fortune revive in the near future. This space may be taken by the rabid sections of the political parties which may force the central leadership to take a more accommodative views about the island tamils. Therefore there is a political neccessity for the ruling Congress to play its card well. Or it will have a political price to pay. Again Sri Lanka is a tiny island and it is foolish on its part to think that it can play China against India. In 2009, St. Antony’s church festival at the Kacha teevu we saw Chinese tents in the Kachatheevu. These things also the Foreign office should keep in their mind while forming a policy. That mind set of playing China against India should be dealt with with iron fist. The foreign policy makers should see to that the Sri Lanka does not even dare to think that it can play this game against India and a price has to be extracted from that island nation for their past action.

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