The draft resolution on Sri Lanka tabled by the resolution co-sponsors was welcomed by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on September 25. TNA specifically welcomed the call on the country to involve foreign and Commonwealth judges, lawyers, investigators and defenders in a judicial mechanism that would be mandated to try international crimes.
TNA, in a statement, said this can be considered a significant victory for justice in Sri Lanka and that it is ‘committed to help the government and international stakeholders evolve such a court and will support its work.’
According to the TNA, establishing a court on the stated lines will ‘represent a dramatic break from the past and could herald the beginning of an end to impunity.’
In the statement, the TNA also made note of their appreciation of the government’s assent to the draft resolution and willingness to co-sponsor it in the Human Rights Council. They also thanked the co-sponsors of the draft resolution and all government and non-government stakeholders.
The TNA further believes the draft resolution is a product of a difficult consensus and provides a ‘constructive starting point for what will inevitably be a long road to reconciliation.’ The Alliance, however, is also of the view that ‘some of the language used in the interests of a consensus will not satisfy all victims of the conflict,’ who are represented by the TNA and, according to the Alliance, have reposed their trust in the TNA.