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Roundtable: Independent war crimes investigation - Sri Lanka

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Lee Rhiannon 28 Sep 2011

On Tuesday 20th September 2011 Lee hosted a roundtable in Federal Parliament to look at furthering the call for an independent war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka. 

The participants were:

  • Hon John Dowd AO QC (President of the International Commission of Jurists Australia)
  • Dr Sam Pari (Australian Tamil Congress)
  • Associate Professor Jake Lynch (Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Sydney University)
  • Dr Ben Saul (Professor of International Law and Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at Sydney University)
  • Peter Arndt (Executive Officer of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Brisbane)
  • Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon

The roundtable resolved the following:

We call on the Australian Government and the Federal Opposition to:

1. Support calls for Sri Lanka to be suspended from the Councils of the Commonwealth until the government of Sri Lanka agrees to an international independent investigation into war crimes, restoration of human rights and the rule of law and the implementation of all of the recommendations of the UN Expert Panel Report on War Crimes in Sri Lanka. Failing that event occurring within a reasonable time that steps be instituted to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth.

2. Oppose Sri Lanka hosting CHOGM in 2013.

We call on the Prime Minister Julia Gillard to follow the lead of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in saying he will not attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka in 2013 if there is no progress in Sri Lanka's human rights and the establishment of an independent investigation into war crimes.

This roundtable was covered by a range of mainstream media in Australia, UK and Sri Lanka (see below).

A broad alliance of Australians from across the political spectrum have also supported this statement


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