For the first time in recent history, a United States based activist group will attempt to try a government for allegedly committing war crimes, using satellite images at an international tribunal scheduled to be held mid this month, The Sunday Leader reliably learns.
The Tamils Against Genocide (TAG) group will submit several different satellite images which showed that Sri Lankan security forces allegedly committed war crimes during the last few days of the war, at the Dublin Tribunal on January 14 and 15 which will probe war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka.
The group will show four different satellite images taken in February and March last year, which shows the alleged shelling of hospitals in the north where civilians were receiving treatment.
The charge will be based on the legal framework as set forth in the 1907 Hague Conventions and 1948 Geneva Conventions, and as promulgated in the Rome Statute and ad hoc international tribunals in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, where military attacks on protected objects such as medical institutions, in international or non-international armed conflicts are strictly prohibited.
The Sri Lankan government has however discounted the tribunal calling it an international conspiracy.