2nd February 2016

UN Human Rights chief to visit Sri Lanka this week

2nd February 2016 // 0 Comments

The visit comes as a sequel to the UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka adopted in October in 2015, that had prescribed an investigating mechanism with the participation of international judges, prosecutors and investigators. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein will visit Sri Lanka this week amid an uncertainty over foreign judges’ involvement to probe the alleged atrocities committed during civil war with the LTTE. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva on Tuesday said the UN rights chief will be in Sri Lanka for four days from February 6. He will hold talks with leaders from the government and the opposition, and would also meet civil society members. The visit comes as a sequel to the UN Human Rights […]

Govt. making different statements on UN resolution: GL

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President Maithripala Sirisena has not been briefed on the contents of the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and that is why he makes contradictory statements on it, former external affairs minister G.L. Peiris said. He said the resolution co-sponsored by the US and Sri Lanka had clearly laid down the time frame for the investigation of war crimes charges and the involvement of foreign experts in the mechanism. “However, President repeatedly denies the involvement of foreign expertise in a domestic mechanism and says the government can’t rush the investigation. The sixth paragraph of the resolution clearly mentions the involvement of foreign judges,” Mr. Peiris said. He said the 18th paragraph states that a preliminary report of the investigation should be submitted to the UNHRC at […]