A majority of provincial councilors from the North and East have requested outgoing UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay as well as her successor to alter the mandate of the probe on Sri Lanka to extend the investigation period and to determine whether a genocide of Tamil people occurred in Sri Lanka.
33 TNA provincial councilors to which includes 28 from the Northern Province and five from the Eastern Province have written to Commissioner Pillay on Sunday (17) outlining three specific requests to be taken into concerning with regard to the probe on Sri Lanka that is underway, headed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The provincial councilors have requested the OHCHR team to:
1) Look into all the past violations against the Tamil people at least from 1974 – taking into consideration the massacres of Tamils in 1970s/ 1980s/ 1990s and 2002 as none of the incidents were properly investigated.
2) Look into the pattern of the atrocities against the Tamil people and determine if genocide has taken place
3) For the investigation to be held in Tamil Nadu if the Government of Sri Lanka continues to reject entry for the OHCHR team
Following are the provincial councilors who have jointly signed the letter:
NPC Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Environment Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan, NPC Minister of Fisheries, Transport, Trade and Commerce B. Deniswaran, NPC Minister of Education, Cultural Affairs and Youth Affairs T. Gurukularajah, NPC Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine P. Sathiyalingam, NPC Deputy Chairman Antony Jeyanathan, NPC Councillor and former MP M. K. Shivajilingam, NPC Councillor and former MP Dharmalingam Sithadthan
Northern Councillors including Ananthy Sasitharan, Pasupathy Ariyaratnam, Emmanuel Arnold, Ayoop Azmin, B.Gajatheepan, Dr.Gnanaseelan Gunaseelan, Ramanathar Indirarajah, Vinthan Kanagaratnam, V.Kanagasundaraswamy, Ms.Marykamala Kunaseelan, T.Linganathan, A.Paramsothy, S.Pasupathipillai, M.Thiyaga Raja, Thurairajah Ravikaran, Dr.Kandiah Sarveswaran, Kesavan Sayanthan, Primus Siraiva, Dr.Sivapragasam Sivamohan, Velupillai Sivayogan, S. Suhirthan
Eastern Provincial Council members including Rasiah Thurairathinam, Niththiyanantham Indrakumar, Thavarajah Kalaiarasan, Kumarasamy Nageswaran and former MP and Councillor Gnanamuththu Krishnapillai.
However, it has been noted that Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran, Council Chairman CVK Sivagnanam and Eastern council opposition leader K Dhandaayuthapaani have not signed the letter.