A ques­tion of hu­man rights

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

One of the most dis­turb­ing TV doc­u­men­taries aired by a UK TV chan­nel re­cently ti­tled ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ chron­i­cles the last few days of the mur­der­ous civil war against the Tamil Tigers that ended in tri­umph for Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment forces two years ago. The doc­u­men- tary has met with strong crit­i­cism across the globe and de­mands a full in­ter­na­tional en­quiry. De­spite the

fact that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has called for an im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of crimes against hu­man­ity and most re­cently, where a UN re­port re­peated the charge that both the gov­ern­ment and the LTTE com­mit­ted ma­jor hu­man rights abuses dur­ing the fi­nal phase of the war, not much has been done in this re­gard. The Ra­japakse gov­ern­ment in Sri Lanka re­jects all al­le­ga­tions, in­sist­ing that it will set up a ‘truth and lessons-learnt’ com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate. How­ever, how au­then­tic this com­mis­sion will be is any­body’s guess. What should be of more con­cern to the Sri Lankan gov­ern­ment at this stage is to adopt a bal­anced ap­proach in ad­dress­ing the al­le­ga­tions of war crimes. It is after all a ques­tion of hu­man life and dig­nity. The coun­try needs to come to terms with its tu­mul­tuous past so that it can look for­ward to a peace­ful fu­ture.

Mary Fer­nan­dez, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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