No Time to Spare: Tamil Community Calls for Concrete Action on Accountability,Reconciliation and End to Human Rights Abuses in Sri Lanka

Geneva, Washington DC March 23, 2017:

Today the Human Rights Council adopted a new resolution on Sri Lanka. The United States Political Action Council (USTPAC), British Tamils Forum (BTF), and Canadian Tamil Congress(CTC) again call upon the government of Sri Lanka, with the engagement of the international community, to fully implement the commitments made in the October 2015 Council resolution 30/1.These commitments, including for accountability and political reform, are reaffirmed in today’s resolution.

“The new resolution keeps Sri Lanka on the international agenda. That is important, but it is not enough,” said USTPAC’s President Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham. “Member states, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, have invested substantial time and energy on Sri Lanka. It is their responsibility, after passing five resolutions since 2012, to demonstrate diplomatic determination and make clear to the government that the status quo is unacceptable. States should impel the government to fully implement its commitments under both resolutions and marshal financial and technical resources to help it to do so.”>>

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 Working with many organizations at UNHRC, and helped pass resolution calling for justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation and assuring Sri Lanka stays on international agenda.

 54 co-sponsors on US House Resolution 177 – calling for an independent international investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity & a new US policy.

Senate Resolution 84 – passed unanimously calling for international investigation.

5 or more One Minute Speeches on Tamil issues in Congress 2010, 2011, 2012.