Tamil Rights Group Takes Fight for Justice to the International Criminal Court

Tamil Rights Group Takes Fight for Justice to the International Criminal Court
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22 – 11 – 2021

Alessandro Di Pietrantonio

International Justice and Human Rights Researcher,

Global Human Rights Defence.

The Tamil Rights Group (TRG) is seeking Justice for Eelam Tamils at the International Criminal Court (ICC). The group, together with the Tamil Refugee Assistance Network (TRAN) has submitted an application requesting a preliminary investigation to crimes committed by Sri Lankan officials, including deportation, and persecution. The application is under article 15 of the Rome Statute in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which deals with aggression on a state level, including war crimes. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) talks about 25,000 people internally displaced. Moreover, Katpana Nagendra, Tamil Rights Spokesperson, describes how the current regime has not only unilaterally withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights (UNHC) Council Resolutions that the state itself co-sponsored in 2015, but President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has also publicly vowed to protect the armed forces from any domestic or international accountability measures. 

Sources and further reading:

Tamil Rights Group takes Fight for Justice to the International Criminal Court, Toronto Star, 18 November 2021