CPI activists and Delhi varsity students demand strong stand against Sri Lanka on war crimes

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 13:50 hrs

Activists of the Communist Party of India(CPI) and students of Delhi University staged a protest here on Sunday over a demand for strong action against the Sri Lankan Government for genocide committed on the Tamil population of that island nation.

People were seen protesting on streets, holding banners,placards and raising slogans.

Communist Party of India activist R A Mithul urged the government to take the matter up seriously with President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"We have jointly launched this demonstration today, our chief demands are three, first of all, the security council must be pressurized by the government of India and then they should pass the resolution in Lok Sabha, putting a demand to the security council and United Nations to take up and file a case against Rajapaksa for committing of genocide on Elam Tamils," he said.

Students and political parties in Tamil Nadu have been protesting against the Central Government for not taking a strong stand against Sri Lanka over the war crimes committed on Tamils.

Last week, the United Nations urged Sri Lanka in a resolution to carry out credible investigations into the killings and disappearances during its nearly 30-year-long civil war, especially in the brutal final stages in 2009.

It voiced concern at reports of continuing violations, including killings, torture, curbs on the right to freedom of expression, and reprisals against activists and journalists.

Resolutions such as that brought by the United States are not binding, but the scrutiny by the U.N. Human Rights Council maintains pressure on the government to prosecute crimes committed in the conflict against Tamil Tiger rebels.

Meanwhile, a row has sparked off over the conduct of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, with some people accusing him of crossing established lines of diplomatic conduct.

A protester, Krishnan said that government should take steps to bring back Sri Lankan Tamils safely.

"The government should take up the issue seriously and should take steps to bring Ealam back," said Krishnan. (ANI)

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