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Malaysia told to rethink support for Sri Lanka

 | June 14, 2011

Human rights group Proham says there is evidence of human rights violation during the Tamil Tigers conflict and Malaysia should not lend their support to Sri Lanka

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia should reconsider its support to Sri Lanka’s stand that others should not interfere in its domestic affairs.

In a statement, Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (Proham) said that an UN independent panel has found credible allegations of human rights violation during the final stages of the nation’s civil war.

“The panel had also recommended that UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon  establish an independent team to investigate into the alleged violations,” Proham chairman Simon Sipaun said.

In May 2009, the Sri Lankan government, led by president Mahindra Rajapakse declared  an end to a 25-year civil war after crushing the Tamil-led rebel group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The army took control over the entire island by wiping out the rebel group’s leaders including its leader, V Prabhakaran.

However, the Sri Lankan government’s actions drew criticism from various nations including the European Union, claiming government troops had killed civilians in the process.

The Sri Lankan government, which had dismissed the claims, then tabled a resolution at Human Rights Council office in Geneva for a non-interference in its internal affairs in 2009, which Malaysia supported.

According to UN figures, about 7,000 ethnic Tamil civilians were killed between Jan 20 and May 7, when government troops pushed the rebels into a small area in the island’s north-east region.

Simon reminded the Malaysian government that it had previously taken a strong stand against the apartheid regime in South Africa and the human rights abuse happening in war-torn Palestine.

“Malaysia needs to play an active role in the council by being consistent  in our policies.

“With the recent call by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for a Global Movement of Moderation, it is important that Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process is done based on the fundamentals of accountability and justice,” said Simon.


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