A protest was staged in Parliament today against the proposal for a hybrid court to investigate human rights abuses in Sri Lanka.
Parliament sittings had to be suspended for 10 minutes when a group of Parliamentarians held banners protesting against a hybrid court.
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa speaking earlier questioned as to why the issue over the proposed hybrid court is not being discussed by Parliament.
He said that he had requested for a day for the issue to be debated in Parliament but the Government is yet to agree.
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government had agreed to discuss the matter but the UN Human Rights Council or the recent UN report on Sri Lanka did not propose a hybrid court.
The opposition however insisted that there was such a proposal and a heated debate then took place between Government and opposition members.
Kiriella then questioned former President Mahinda Rajapaksa if there is a call by the UN for a hybrid court as mentioned by some opposition members but Rajapaksa remained silent.
The protest later continued and Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala made a request for the banners to be removed from the House.
However since the protest continued, the Deputy Speaker suspended sittings for 10 minutes. (Colombo Gazette)