Australian Tamils welcome shift in world stance on Sri Lankan war crimes

The Australian Tamil Congress welcomes the shift in the international community's stance on issues of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

On Wednesday, the Australian Senate unanimously passed a motion jointly moved by Sen. Lee Rhiannon, Sen. Gary Humphries and Foreign Minister Bob Carr calling on Australia to support a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution.

Last night the United States led resolution was passed at the UNHRC calling on Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations of its internal inquiry, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), while pointing out the LLRC report does not however adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law.

"We appreciate Australia openly calling Sri Lanka out on issues of war crimes and accountability," said Dr. Sam Pari, spokesperson for the Australian Tamil Congress. "The UNHRC resolution is finally an acknowledgement by the international community that Sri Lanka needs to address serious issues of accountability. However, the resolution is only a small first step and our call for international independent inquiry will continue until Tamils achieve the justice they deserve," she added.