The domestic mechanism to investigate allegations over the war will be in place by June, President Maithripala Sirisena said.
Speaking to media heads today, the President said that international investigators will not be allowed into Sri Lanka to investigate the war.
Instead, he said the domestic mechanism will be setup by next month and the local laws will deal with those accused of human rights abuses.
“We have had talks with the UN on the investigations. As a government we have told them we will not agree foreign investigators coming into Sri Lanka. However we will take advice from the UN and conduct a domestic investigation,” the President said.
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to submit a report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council at its September session.
“We need to brief the Human Rights Council in September on the domestic mechanism. So the mechanism will be in place by June. We will ensure our sovereignty is protected in the human rights investigation,” Sirisena said. (Colombo Gazette)