Govt. asks UN, US to allow it to conduct domestic probe sans hybrid court

Healing wounds in Sri Lanka

AN impartial inquiry into the human rights abuses in the war against the Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka in 2009, as demanded by the UN, will only be the first step toward accountability and reconciliation without which there will be neither peace nor stability in the island nation.

Sirisena should avoid the mistakes committed by his predecessor. Rajapaksa is the only leader in recent history who can claim to have led a counterinsurgency campaign to a successful conclusion. What he destroyed was the most powerful and the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world but unfortunately he did not realize that battlefield victory should be followed up by imaginative gestures and meaningful concessions to the Tamils at the negotiating table. Sirisena’s electoral victory will also prove hollow if the root cause of ethnic problem in Sri Lanka remains unaddressed. The decimation of LTTE does not mean an end to the Tamil problem. Though LTTE has suffered a crushing defeat, its support base continues to remain intact. Any organization claiming to be the protector of Tamil interests can draw on that support and revive the conflict though they may not adopt LTTE’s brutal but failed tactics……………………  READ MORE

Govt. asks UN, US to allow it to conduct domestic probe sans hybrid court

The government had requested the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and US State Department to allow it to conduct a domestic war crimes probe instead of setting up a hybrid court with international judges, Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday……………….  READ MORE

SLFP Committee headed by CBK to study OHCHR report

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is expected to declare its stance on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report,after careful examination.

SLFP Secretary and Cabinet Minister Duiminda Dissanayaka said, “the report is a 250-page document. The SLFP has decided to put it under heavy scrutiny.”…………..  READ MORE 

Cost of hybrid probe

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its report on Sri Lanka tabled at Geneva last week has called for a hybrid or an international cum local probe on alleged war crimes committed by the LTTE and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) from 2002 to 18 May, 2009 when the war ended……………  READ MORE

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