Renowned US war crimes lawyer joins Tamil peoples’ council team
June 6, 2016 11:11 am
Francis A Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, has joined the Tamil Peoples’ Council’s team to fight for an international Judicial Mechanism to investigate and try war crimes cases in Sri Lanka, the New Indian Express reported.
Francis A Boyle is also a a renowned expert on human rights, war crimes, genocide, and the Right to Self-Determination.
The TPC was set up with the blessings of C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, to highlight and fight for issues allegedly sidestepped by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The TNA believes in cooperating with the Maithripala Sirisena government’s bid to address the Tamils’ grievances and meet their aspirations as expressed in the elections of January and July 2015. But the TPC feels that the TNA is party to the government’s prevarication on these issues.
In a statement announcing the induction of Prof.Boyle on Sunday, the TPC said that in a situation in which the Lankan government has ruled out foreign judges in the proposed Judicial Mechanism, and the international community and the “Tamil leadership” are part of a plot to ensure that investigations into the “genocide” of Tamils do not take place, Boyle’s entry will come as some relief to the Tamils and pose a major challenge to those conspiring to deny justice to them.