The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) pointed out that lawsuits filed by the international community against members of the armed forces over alleged war crimes were inevitable in light of lackluster internal governmental measures to address accountability issues.
Speaking to the Nation TNA Parliamentarian, President’s Counsel, M.A. Sumanthiran said the government was nowhere near in addressing its undertakings to the United Nations with regard to accountability issues. “There is nothing in that direction,” he said. He made these comments after war crimes lawsuits were filed against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya by human rights groups in Brazil. “This is a classic case where the international community has filed lawsuits due to the inaction of the government,” Sumanthiran added. He pointed out that the government had not progressed in some of the basic steps including setting up the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) and criminalizing enforced disappearances. “It’s a long way off,” he added.