Opposition wants referendum on hybrid court

Wimal WeerawanseThe opposition yesterday called for a referendum on the hybrid court proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Opposition Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that the Government cannot blindly agree to setup a hybrid court.

He said that since the Government was elected by the public the public should be allowed to decide if they want a hybrid court to look into accountability issues.

Weerawansa was speaking in Parliament during the debate on the report as well as two other human rights reports today.

He also accused the Government of submitting to international pressure on the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

He said that the Government must not abolish the PTA but make suitable amendments if required.

Weerawansa also said that Sri Lanka is not legally bound to implement the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month.

The Illangai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) however commended the Government for cosponsoring the resolution and urged the Government to fully implement it.

ITAK Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah said that the resolution does not mention a hybrid court but a judicial system with international assistance.

Senathirajah also warned that if people push Sri Lanka to be a “Sinhalese, Buddhist” country it will eventually lead to Tamils pushing for a separate State. (Colombo Gazette)


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