The Hazards of Speaking at the Oxford Union: Will the U.K Arrest Sri Lanka’s President
I don’t know enough about the facts or the law in the U.K. to know whether there is a serious basis for charging Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa with war crimes arising out of the conflict last year with Tamil Separatists. But it looks like there will be an attempt to force his detention and a war crimes investigation during his visit this week to speak at the Oxford Union.
Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose government defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers last year amid humanitarian protests about the treatment of civilians trapped in the war zone, is due to speak at the Oxford Union on Thursday.
The visit comes as Tamil supporters claim to have acquired a video showing a former Tamil Tiger colonel being interrogated by Sri Lankan forces. His family allege he was killed after surrendering
I guess the glory of speaking at the Oxford Union outweighs the risk of arrest for war crimes.