TNA briefs UK on need for international hand

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has had talks with the British Government and noted the need for full international participation in all mechanisms established to advance transitional justice in Sri Lanka.

hugo-swireTNA Spokesperson and Member of Parliament for Jaffna M. A. Sumanthiran met Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.

Sumanthiran explained the TNA’s position concerning the importance of full international participation in all mechanisms established to advance Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka, the TNA said.

He also stressed the need for the full implementation of the recommendations of the forthcoming report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, by the government of Sri Lanka.

The TNA said that the meeting was part of the TNA’s continued efforts at engaging a wide range of stakeholders including Human Rights Council member states, other governments, the government of Sri Lanka and others with respect to accountability and transitional justice. (Colombo Gazette)

US backs call for credible process in Lanka

The United States today noted the need for credible justice processes when addressing incidents related to the war.

Responding to comments made at the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today by the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, the US said that it is in the government’s interest to establish justice processes that have the confidence of the international community.

“We express deep appreciation for Mr. de Greiff’s observations from his visits to Sri Lanka and Burundi. We also welcome the chance to engage the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. We thank the Special Rapporteur for your comments on Sri Lanka, and agree that that it is in the government’s interest to establish justice processes that have the confidence of the international community and will be credible to all the affected communities in Sri Lanka,” Michele Roulbet from the US delegation at today’s session said. (Colombo Gazette)