Zeid welcomes recommendations by Task Force

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has welcomed the recommendations by the reconciliation Task Force, especially the call for foreign judges to be included in the accountability process on the war.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has always urged the creation of a hybrid court in Sri Lanka.

The Government appointed Task Force has proposed that foreign judges be involved in the domestic process to investigate the war.

The Final Consultation Task Force report on Reconciliation Mechanisms which was handed over to former President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumarathunga, has called for a hybrid court to hear cases related to the war.

The Task Force has proposed that international participation in Sri Lanka be phased out once confidence is established in a purely domestic mechanism.

However Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne had said yesterday that even if a Government appointed committee makes a proposal it is for the Government to decide the way forward.

The Minister said the Government is clear in its stand that a purely domestic mechanism will be used to investigate incidents related to the war while foreign technical assistance will be used if required.

The report of the Task Force combines and provides a detailed understanding of the consultations that have taken place over the past year.

The Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms said the report will be of key importance in setting up subsequent Transitional Justice Mechanisms that are envisioned by the Government and the findings of the report will be taken into consideration when designing the aforementioned Transitional Justice mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette)

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