The Government is to examine the report made public by the International Truth and Justice Project and will receive due consideration to it in keeping with the Government’s commitment to uphold and strengthen the rule of law and good governance as well as uphold human rights.
Mahishini Colonne, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Daily Leader, the Government is committed to study ways and means to expand the scope of human rights in line with internationally accepted standards as the Minister of Foreign Affairs had said in his address to the high-level segment of the Human Rights Council on 2 March 2015.
The report released last week by the International Truth & Justice Project, a project administered by the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, run by transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka who was also a member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka after the war, shows how the use of torture and sexual violence is part of a well-coordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the Sri Lankan government and its security forces.
Mahishini Colonne quoted the Foreign Minister as saying earlier that Sri Lanka’s approach is to seek solutions to issues through dialogue, cooperation, understanding and learning and not through confrontation.
She said that no country has a perfect record on human rights but the Government is open, unlike in the past, to acknowledge that violations may have taken pace and take steps to investigate into allegations and take action in accordance with the provisions of the law, as well as strengthen the human rights framework in the country. This includes creating awareness among all of their rights and duties. (Colombo Gazette)