Shivajilingam writes to UN human rights chief
August 9, 2015 12:23 am
M K Shivajilingam, who is contesting in the upcoming parliamentary polls as an independent candidate, has asked the UNHCR for an international probe into the alleged war crimes during the conflict with the LTTE.
In a letter to UNHCR chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Shivajilingam said UN’s failure to protect Tamils in 2009 was dubbed a “systematic failure” in its own report in November 2012.
Hussein is scheduled to release a report investigating the war crimes, at the UNHRC in Geneva next month.
“As you prepare the report on Sri Lanka, I would like to request you to consider the pattern of historic failures of Sri Lanka against Tamil people,” Shivajilingam wrote.
Shivajilingam, who was a parliamentarian between 2001 and 2004 from the north, last month entered the fray to contest against Rajapaksa in the August 17 parliamentary election.
He is running a team of independents from the north western district of Kurunegala, where Rajapaksa is also contesting from.
Shivajilingam said the Tamil people do not believe that anything short of an international judicial process will be seen as justice, PTI reported.