President wants an end to human rights war on military

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President Maithripala Sirisena wants an end to the human rights war against the military.

The President told media heads today that several complaints have been made to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) related to alleged human rights abuses committed during the war.

At the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, President Maithripala Sirisena said that he will announce a set of new proposals for consideration at the March 2019 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR).

He will also submit these proposals to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres as well as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

The President said that the proposals are aimed at resolving the issues without causing harm to the pride of the security forces.

The President said that he will present the proposals to the UN General Assembly on September 25 and hand it over in writing to the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, who he is expected to officially meet for the first time on the sidelines of the UNGA.

The President also said that there were some shortcomings in the investigations conducted since 2015 on attacks of journalists and other civilians, abductions and killings.

He said that although several persons were detained in this connection, not a single person has been charge-sheeted or prosecuted.

“Although military officers have been detained and placed under remand custody, there were no cases filed and such actions merely bring a bad reputation to the Government,” he said. The President said that he had raised this matter with the Criminal Investigation Department and the IGP.

Expressing his views further, the President said that under the administration of the present Government the national security of the country had not been weakened.

Expressing his views on the fuel pricing formula, the President said that a decision will be taken if to continue with the fuel pricing formula or to take action to make necessary alterations to the pricing formula with the aim of creating a better situation for the public than the existing situation.

Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagywanna and Secretary of to Ministry of Defense Kapila Waiydyarathna were also present.

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