A question of human rights
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