The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) criticised the report for failing to provide a “thorough and independent investigation of alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that the U.N. and other partners of Sri Lanka have been asking for” during Eelam War IV. It wants the international community – through the U.N. Human Rights Council – “to establish an independent international investigation in 2012”. Without such an investigation, accountability for the crimes committed at the end of the civil war was highly unlikely, it said.
The ICG also said the international community should bring pressure on Sri Lanka since there was “little chance” that the recommendations would be acted upon if there was no prodding from outside. It called upon the U.N. Secretary-General, the Human Rights Council and influential countries such as China, India, Japan, the United States, Canada, Britain and France, and also the European Union, to push Sri Lanka on the path of genuine reconciliation. “Sri Lanka’s friends in the Non-Aligned Movement, especially South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, have a particularly important role in reminding Sri Lanka of the importance of accountability and demilitarisation to lasting peace and reconciliation,” it said.
It also wants a formal discussion of the LLRC report and the U.N. Secretary-General’s panel report at the March 2012 session of the U.N. Human Rights Council. This should lead to an independent international mechanism to investigate all credible allegations and to monitor domestic efforts at accountability, it pointed out.
“The Human Rights Council should also take note of the LLRC’s recommendations that the government investigate and hold to account those responsible for abductions, disappearances and attacks on journalists – including those committed by armed pro-government Tamil parties. These issues should be addressed on an urgent basis by the Sri Lankan government and its implementation of the commission’s recommendations should be monitored on an ongoing basis by the HRC,” the ICG said.