Former Parliamentarian Sarath Weerasekera flew to Geneva last week to present what he termed a special report on war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan military forces, to the UNHRC session.
The former Parliamentarian said, his report contained evidence to ‘protect’ Sri Lanka’s war heroes from foreign prosecutors.
Although Weerasekera’s supporters told the local media that Weerasekera will present a special report to the UN Human Rights Commissioner, a spokesperson from the UNHRC Chief’s office said no one requested a meeting with the High Commissioner.
Instead, he attended a side event in Geneva, like many other Sri Lankan NGO activists and diaspora group members.
Addressing the UNHRC side event, the former UPFA Parliamentarian urged the United Nations General Assembly to appoint a Special Rapporteur into the alleged war crimes committed by the LTTE during the Eelam war.
Weerasekera spoke at a side event titled ‘Truth and Justice’ organized by the International Buddhist Relief Organization (IBRO), a non-governmental organization with UN accreditation.
“Weerasekera’s request internationalizes Sri Lanka’s issue. It is a 180 degree turn from the government’s stance which suggests a Sri Lanka-led process for reconciliation and accountability. Weerasekera clearly calls for a foreign intervention,” representatives of the government told the Srj Lankan media, on Tuesday.
Speaking at the side event, Weerasekera said, the Sri Lankan armed forces did not commit any war crimes during the final phase of the Eelam war. This statement was challenged by a representative from the TGTE who said over 300,000 Tamils were killed during the government’s military operation.
The representative urged the Swiss government to arrest Weerasekera stating the latter was responsible for the matter.
The TGTE even went on to issue a statement urging Switzerland to exercise universal jurisdiction to arrest the former Navy officer turned politician.