Australian Tamil Congress announcement on War Crimes Evidence Collection

On 18 October 2010 the United Nations issued the following notice:

On 22 June 2010, the UN Secretary-General established a Panel of Experts to advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka. The members of the Panel are Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner and Yasmin Sooka. The Panel officially began its work on 16 September 2010.

The Panel will look into the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience with regard to accountability processes, taking into consideration the nature and scope of any alleged violations in Sri Lanka. The Panel advises the Secretary-General and is not an investigative or fact- finding body.

Anyone wishing to make submissions in respect of the above may do so as follows:

1. Organizations and individuals may make one written submission not exceeding ten pages, and must include the contact details for the author(s) of the submission.

2. The Panel will receive submissions until 15 December 2010.

3. Submissions may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Submissions made to the Panel of Experts will be treated as confidential.

Further information may be solicited from the Panel’s Secretariat at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

In Australia, the Australian Tamil Congress War Crimes Inquiry team will be cordinating this project. If you or anyone you know wishes to provide any evidence, please contact us on 1300 660 629 (Australian callers) or +612 9423 4741 (overseas callers). Please note that all information regarding those seeking assistance will be treated as confidential.

Kind regards,

War Crimes Inquiry team

Australian Tamil Congress.