Government “very relaxed” about findings in report

reportThe Government is not shaken by the findings in the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told The Hindu that he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed the report and that both were “very relaxed” about its findings.

The report, to be presented by the Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in Geneva today, has already been shared with the Sri Lankan government.

While it is expected to contain an indictment of the previous regime of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for “war crimes” during the final assault on the LTTE in 2009, it will be closely watched for its observations on the ongoing reconciliation process by the new government and what kind of enquiry it recommends.

While many Tamil parties, including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), have demanded an international war crimes tribunal to investigate the alleged atrocities, the Sri Lankan government has offered alternatives of domestic inquiries and the setting up of a South Africa-model “Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-recurrence”.