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Association of Tamils of Sri Lanka in the USA

US 2012 Foreign Appropriations Bill

by Thomas.gov, December 17, 2011

(A) conducting credible, thorough investigations of alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

(B) bringing to justice individuals who have been credibly alleged to have committed such violations;

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(d) Sri Lanka.—

(1) None of the funds appropriated by this Act under the headings “Foreign Military Financing Program” and “Peacekeeping Operations” may be made available for assistance for Sri Lanka, no defense export license may be issued, and no military equipment or technology shall be sold or transferred to Sri Lanka pursuant to the authorities contained in this Act or any other Act, unless the Secretary of State certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that the Government of Sri Lanka is—

(A) conducting credible, thorough investigations of alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law by government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam;

(B) bringing to justice individuals who have been credibly alleged to have committed such violations;

(C) supporting and cooperating with any United Nations investigation of alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law;

(D) respecting due process, the rights of journalists, and the rights of citizens to peaceful expression and association, including ending arrest and detention under emergency regulations;

(E) providing access to detainees by humanitarian organizations; and

(F) implementing policies to promote reconciliation and justice including devolution of power.

(2) Paragraph (2) shall not apply to assistance for humanitarian demining and aerial and maritime surveillance.

(3) If the Secretary makes the certification required in paragraph (2), funds appropriated under the heading “Foreign Military Financing Program” that are made available for assistance for Sri Lanka should be used to support the recruitment and training of Tamils into the Sri Lankan military, Tamil language training for Sinhalese military personnel, and human rights training for all military personnel.

(4) The Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive directors of the international financial institutions to vote against any loan, agreement, or other financial support for Sri Lanka except to meet basic human needs, unless the Secretary of State certifies to the Committees on Appropriations that the Government of Sri Lanka is meeting the requirements in paragraph (2)(D), (E), and (F) of this subsection.

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Sec.  7046.  South Asia (Modified)
The conferees direct the Secretary of  State to submit a report to the Committees on
Appropriations not later than 45 days after enactment of  this Act, detailing what steps have been
taken by the Government of  Sri Lanka and international bodies to thoroughly and credibly
investigate war crimes and violations of  international humanitarian law during the internal armed
conflict, and evaluating the adequacy of  steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to hold
perpetrators accountable.  The report should also indicate whether suspected combatants detained
during the conflict remain in custody and whether humanitarian organizations have access to
such detainees.