India urged to expel Sri Lanka’s envoy for lowering the image of Indian parliament and parliamentarians


New Delhi:  The Asian Centre for Human Rights in a letter to Foreign Minister Shri S M Krishna requested to expel Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Mr Prasad Kariyawasam to convey India’s strong disapproval with his statement alleging the link of the Indian Members of Parliament with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organisation, in an interview to The Indian Express yesterday.

“The Members of Parliament have the right to freedom of expression and as elected public representatives of India, they are empowered to instruct the Government of India with respect to its foreign policy including as to how India should vote on specific resolutions at the United Nations. MPs cutting across the party line intervened in the parliament demanding India to vote in favour of the United States sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the ongoing 19th Session of the Human Rights Council demanding accountability from Sri Lankan government”. – stated Mr Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

By demanding investigation from India against all the MPs who spoke in the parliament for their alleged links with the LTTE, High Commissioner Mr Kariyawasam has breached diplomatic protocols and lowered the image of Indian Parliament and the parliamentarians who specifically intervened on India’s foreign policy matters.

Asian Centre for Human Rights also requested India to vote in favour of the resolution at the ongoing 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council demanding accountability from Sri Lanka.

“It would be extremely unfortunate if India is to be influenced by such blatant breach of diplomatic protocols and vote against the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that demands accountability from the Sri Lankan government” –further stated Mr Chakma. [end]

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