New Delhi: Terming the alleged cold-blooded killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran's teenaged son as "clinching evidence" of human rights violations by Sri Lanka, CPI on Wednesday wanted India to vote against Colombo in the forthcoming UNHRC session as well as convince other countries to do so.


Addressing a press conference here along with Justice (retd) Rajinder Sachar, CPI National Secretary D Raja said the UNHRC session next month in Geneva would be a "test case" for India as the entire world is waiting to see the stand to be taken by the country on the issue.

  • "Prabhakaran's son could have been killed in crossfire while he was in a little bunker. There is no need for an international probe. The photos are morphed," Sri Lankan envoy to India, Prasad Kariyawasam said.
  • A British channel has come out with a documentary featuring the pictures of the alleged cold-blooded killing of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son.
  • But Sri Lanka dismissed the documentary terming as "lies, half truths and numerous forms of speculation".
  • The Channel 4 documentary titled 'No War Zone – The killing fields of Sri Lanka' is to be aired in Geneva at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March.

India should demand an international investigation into the alleged human rights violations by Sri Lanka during the last phase of the civil war, Raja said while asking New Delhi to make its stand vis-a-vis Sri Lanka public. "The pictures of the 12-year-old boy being murdered in cold blood published in newspapers are a clinching evidence of the human rights violations committed by Sri Lanka. This issue has to be addressed by the international community especially India. No one can remain silent. This is an assault on humanity," he said.

Justice Sachar, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, said it would be a "tactical mistake" by India if it does not support the resolution against Sri Lanka likely to be moved by the United States at the UNHRC next month. "India knew that Sri Lanka was into a brutal war with Tamils but the government was not bothered. We have a golden opportunity now to support the Tamils there by voting against Sri Lanka," he said. India should not just vote against the Sri Lankan government but also convince other countries to follow suit, he said.
Raja alleged that the Sri Lankan government had not made any progress in bringing to book those responsible for the rights violations since the last UNHRC session adopted a resolution against Sri Lanka. The CPI leader also asked all political parties in the country to speak in one voice on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue as it concerns everyone. "India cannot keep quiet on this issue. India has to speak up. It has to come out on the issue and say what it thinks," he said.

Jaya charges Lankan army of war crime

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa described as "a war crime" the alleged cold-blooded killing of the son of the late Tamil Tigers' chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

"The killing of Balachandran (Prabhakaran) is a war crime," the chief minister told the media here, and urged India to work with the US to pass a resolution in the UN denouncing rights violations in Sri Lanka.

The chief minister said the young boy's killing was "unforgivable"."I call upon the Indian government to hold discussions with the US and other like-minded nations and prepare a resolution to be passed by the UN (against Sri Lanka)," she said.


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