Foreign judges not considered in war crimes probe

MangalaThe Government today asserted that foreign judges have not been considered in the investigation on the war.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a group of journalists today that the judicial process will be domestic with the possibility of obtaining the advise of foreign experts.

He said Sri Lanka’s commitment to address issues related to the war had drawn support from the international community, including the US, China and India.

Samaraweera said that this was clear from the support Sri Lanka had when it co-sponsored a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year on Sri Lanka.

The resolution calls on Sri Lanka to take several measures to address concerns related to the war, including to investigate complaints on hundreds missing during the war.

The Foreign Minister dismissed allegations that President Maithripala Sirisena was not updated on the contents of the resolution before Sri Lanka supported it in Geneva last October.

Samaraweera said the President’s advise was sought on the text of the resolution before it was tabled and approved by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Minister also dismissed allegations over the proposed Office on Missing Persons which will investigate  complaints on those missing.

He insisted that investigating the whereabouts of those missing is not an attempt to frame the military as alleged by the opposition.

The Minister also said that a Truth Seeking Commission will also be established soon to seek answers related to the war. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. Promise everything to UN and do nothing in action is the policy of Sri Lanka and it worked weill and good all these days. UN is also having of a policy of trusting all [false] promises and supported Sri Lanka.
    If this is allowed to continue the UN will have no respect as a world organization. The current UNSG is not strong enough to push forward the Human Rights Resolution 30/1 without any deviation or dilution or delaying tactics. Hope the New UNSG will be a strong man to uphold UN Values and commitments.

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