India urged to revive Core-Group on Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights in its latest briefing paper, India: Time for Multilateralism in Sri Lanka, (http://www.achrweb.org/Review/2008/220-08.html) today urged the government of India to announce its support for and join the Core-Group consisting of the United States, European Union, Japan and Norway and create a mechanism to facilitate the end of the hostilities and resume negotiation between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). ACHR also stated that the presence of a United Nations Human Rights Mission to protect and prevent further violations of human rights by both sides to the conflict and providing full access to civil society organisations and UN humanitarian operations remain indispensable.  

“India’s failure to join the Core-Group was fatal and led to the collapse of the Norwegian brokered peace process. India sought to be briefed without any responsibility.” – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

 

“If India seeks to avoid the accusations from Sri Lanka as a regional bully, it must abandon its bilateral approach and engage with the West to resolve the Sri Lankan crisis. India’s bilateral policy on Sri Lanka only provides fuel to the racist forces led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.” – further added Mr Chakma. 

 

The Sri Lankan crisis remains the most grave. Ethnic Tamils are being targeted because of their ethnic origin. All Tamils who had moved to the Western Province over the last five years are being forced to register at police stations while hundreds of them have been taken into custody for preventive detention.

 

Over 200,000 Tamil civilians are being denied access to humanitarian aid while Sri Lanka continues with aerial bombing that indiscriminately targets the civilians.  International interventions are indispensable to ameliorate the suffering of the civilians.

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