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Sri Lanka - What Now Must Be Done?

As a leading expert of International Justice mechanisms, he will show how it can be used to examine genocide & war crimes.

( March 25, 2014, Geneva, Sri Lanka Guardian) The First President of the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone Mr. Geoffrey Robertson QC will speak at a press conference organized by Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) to discuss the current UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka and what must be done in future.

As a leading expert in the establishment of International Justice mechanisms, he will show how it can be used to examine the case for genocide as well as war crimes. He will discuss among other issues:

• Will the proposed Commission of Inquiry be followed by the establishment of an international court, with a prosecutor capable of proceeding against very powerful officials?

• What kind of international court is needed, where should it be based and who should be prosecuted?

• What other reforms are necessary in Sri Lanka before the Tamil people are safe?

He will assess very recent evidence about the continuance of racially-motivated killings, rapes and disappearances, and indicate a view as to whether repression of the Tamil people in the North has reached such a level of severity that it could justify, as a matter of international law, a right to self-determination.

He will also announce the details of a number of individual cases of torture which will be submitted to the Human Rights Committee on 25th March.

Mr Robertson’s presentation will be followed by an introduction by the Foreign Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, Mr Manicka Vasagar and an account by Mr Ali Beydoun, a US attorney, explaining the legal work undertaken on behalf of the TGTE.