By European Center For Constitutional And Human Rights-
This dossier had been submitted to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Prime Minister on 24 January 2012. Prepared on the basis of authoritative and reliable sources, including the United Nations Panel of Experts report, the dossier includes detailed information on allegedly targeted attacks on the civilian population and hospitals allegedly carried out by troops commanded by Major General De Silva in the North of Sri Lanka. The authors conclude that there is sufficient evidence against Mr. De Silva to prompt a criminal investigation.
The British Government has known about Major General De Silva’s presence for some time. In October 2011 the Foreign Office stated that it was aware of the allegations against Mr. De Silva, but that there was no concrete evidence against him. Furthermore, Mr. De Silva could only be prosecuted in the UK after his diplomatic immunity had been waived. The Foreign Office has not taken any steps to end Mr. De Silva’s immunity neither after receiving the background dossier in January, nor after a dialogue with the authoring organizations in March. The dossier was then also sent to the Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police.
The British Government has in the past expressed its disappointment in the failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to adequately investigate the countless credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Sri Lanka. The case of Major General De Silva presented an opportunity for the British Government to show through concrete judicial and political steps that it is indeed unacceptable for suspects of these crimes to escape justice. However, it failed to act.
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