Government insists Sri Lanka has not agreed to hybrid court

Sri Lanka has not agreed to establish a hybrid court to investigate human rights abuses related to the war, the Government insisted today.

Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that Sri Lanka has made it clear that only local judges will be involved in the domestic accountability process.

“Our Government never submitted a proposal to create a hybrid court in Sri Lanka,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said.

He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also made this clear to Parliament in 2017.

Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Resolutions cosponsored by Sri Lanka in 2017 and this year did not propose a hybrid court.

The Minister also said that Sri Lanka has not agreed to prosecute anyone before the International Criminal Court.

Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the joint opposition is making false claims as this year is election year.

He said that politicians must understand that this country belongs to all Sri Lankans and the rights of all Sri Lankans must be protected. (Colombo Gazette)

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