In a letter sent to the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, the Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, urged Ms. Power to exercise US diplomatic and moral power to persuade UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to appoint an International Investigation on Sri Lanka, under Article 99 of the UN Charter.
It was pointed out in that letter that UN’s Expert Panel Report on Sri Lanka, the UN Internal Review Report on Sri Lanka and one of the UN Expert Panelist Professor Steven Ratner have all concluded that there is neither the political environment nor the judicial environment in Sri Lanka for dispensing justice domestically. (Accountability and the Sri Lankan Civil War 106 Am. J. Int’l L, 795). Thus justice can be achieved only through international means.
“Given the political considerations prevalent in the UN Human Rights Council, the TGTE believes an international investigation could be established under Article 99 of the U.N. Charter. The letter noted that U.N. Secretary General’s own legal advisors, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Crisis Group also espoused this same opinion. Tolerating impunity sets a bad precedent for other countries emulating the “Sri Lankan solution” in addressing their own national conflicts. Needless to say, this is a threat to international peace and security.” says Mahinthan Sivasubramanium, TGTE’s Minister for Political Prisoners & IDPs.
“TGTE congratulates Samantha Powers on her Senate Confirmation of her appointment as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. TGTE is mobilizing international civil society to apply moral pressure on the UN Secretary General, to appoint an international investigation on Sri Lanka. It was brought to Ambassador Power’s attention that the TGTE is in the process of collecting endorsements from 1000 Non- Government organizations for investigations on Sri Lanka under Article 99 of the U.N. Charter.” he further said.