Opposition tells Government to amend clause on foreign judges

The joint opposition today called on the Government to amend the clause on foreign judges in the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council.

Former Foreign Minister G.L Peiris said that if the Government maintains it does not agree to the proposal to have foreign judges in the transitional justice system then it should push for the clause to be amended.

Sri Lanka cosponsored the 2105 resolution which calls for commonwealth or foreign judges in the accountability process.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday Sri Lanka will also not agree to a hybrid court in the transitional justice system.

Prime Minister said that while Sri Lanka is open to accept technical advice or observations, it will not invite foreign judges.

The Prime Minister said that Sri Lanka had backed a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in 2015 as it recognized the efforts of the government to take the post-war reconciliation process forward.

Sri Lanka is to cosponsor a new resolution at the UN Human Rights Council this week which will give Sri Lanka more time to address issues related to the war. (Colombo Gazette)

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