The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has opposed the idea of a human rights mechanism with international investigative capacities, proposed by visiting human rights expert Mr. Ian Martin, noting that the timing for such a mechanism at this juncture is not appropriate.
TNA Parliamentarian, Mr. Joseph Pararajasingham speaking to the Daily Mirror said that a human rights mechanism would not be effective with the peace talks at a stalemate and talks to review the Cease Fire Agreement failing to get off the ground.
Mr. Pararajasingham said that the views of the TNA were put forward to Mr. Martin when the latter discussed the proposal with the Tamil party in Colombo on Friday.
?Mr. Martin proposed the idea of a human rights mechanism with international investigative capacities to control human rights violations in the country. However, we told him the timing will not be right with the peace talks and the discussions to review the CFA not getting off the ground,? he said.
At the meeting, the TNA had also expressed its concerns over the rise in human rights violations in the east, particularly in government controlled areas in Batticaloa.
?We emphasized that even civilians are being subject to human rights violations in the east at the hands of the state army. We asked him how he intends to address this issue,? Mr. Pararajasingham said.
The TNA MP noted that the wave of human rights violations occurring in the east had now spread to the North as well, owing to the government`s failure to get the peace talks back on track.