to sue UK in ICJ
ex-chairman heads commission
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has appointed a
one-man commission to probe into the atrocities
allegedly committed by Britain and to see the
possibility of prosecuting it in UK courts and in
the International Court of Justice.
Former Chairperson of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS)
Prof. Buddhadasa Hewawitharana has been appointed as
the Chairperson, while the Secretary of the
Commission is Attorney-at-Law N.C. Jayarathne. The
JHU is hopeful of suing the British Government in
its own jurisdiction and in International Court of
Justice in the Hague.
Speaking to The Nation, JHU Spokesperson Nishantha
Sri Warnasinghe said that the mandate of the
Commission was to probe into atrocities committed by
British during colonial rule and post-independence
periods, and report back within six months.
“The Commission will consider all aspects -
destruction to cultural and social heritage,
negative impact on our country’s morals and values,
destruction of natural resources, especially to our
forests and elephant population.” He said.
“Also it will look into giving of undue privileges
to minorities and discrimination against the
majority, annihilation of Sinhalese especially
during 1818 and 1848 insurrections and nourishing
separatism through Britain’s ‘divide and rule
policy’ in Sri Lanka.
The Commission is tasked to gather both written and
oral evidence which will be formulated into the
commission report that in turn will support in the
“Japan tendered an apology and had to pay millions
of dollars as compensation to Korea. So did Germany”
Japan had paid over US$ 1 trillion to countries
occupied during World War II.
JHU expresses its displeasure over the recent
appointment of a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka by the
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. This
appointment is in contravention of the basic
principles governing international relations and the
requirement for consultation and reciprocity, it
Neither proper procedure nor consultations had been
undertaken by the British Government, prior to the
said appointment which is time honoured traditions
in diplomatic practice, which amounted to
interfering into internal affairs and violating
territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, JHU alleged.
Furthermore JHU severely criticised British Foreign
Secretary, David Miliband’s call on February 4 for a
ceasefire. Continuous intrusions into internal
affairs of Sri Lanka posed an obstacle in pursuing a
sustainable solution to Sri Lanka’s prolonged
conflict, it said.