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20 October 2015 05:32 pm - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Former External Affairs Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris had written to the religious leaders including the Mahanayaka Theras informing them on the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and requesting them to intervene to reject the resolution from being implemented.

At a news conference held in Colombo today he said the UNHRC can only stress on violations of human rights but it cannot make a country to create political reforms or intervene into other internal matters.

“If the mandate of the UNHRC is to make us do what they think is best, then what is the point of having a parliament in the country? ” he asked.

He said the UNHRC has recommended through the resolution to abolish the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), to appoint a special Court to hear alleged war crimes charges, to take measures for power devolution including land reforms, to decrease the role of army in the North and to regulate retrospective laws, which are against the mandate of the UNHRC.

He said the intervention of foreign judges and prosecutors in the proposed war crime court, special office with foreign specialists to file indictments and proposed administrative investigations into security forces personnel even without charges cannot be accepted.

“However, the government has co-sponsored the resolution with the US without opposing it. It has accepted the charges levelled through the resolution. The UNHRC Chief also said that the resolution is a rather unique’ one as no country had backed such resolution in history. This decision of the government had also put the countries who had voted in favour of us at previous sessions in a difficult situation,” he said.

He also said, now, the UNHRC has proposed for special criteria when deploying Sri Lankan security forces personnel for UN peacekeeping forces.

Meanwhile, President's Counsel Manohara de Silva charged the government decision not to publish Paranagama and Udalagama reports at UNHRC, was due to the objection of the TNA. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 12

  • KK Wednesday, 21 October 2015 01:44 AM

    now please keep quiet, you have done enough

    Cheers Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:32 AM

    Brilliant statement by a educated and a interlectual

    ponil Wednesday, 21 October 2015 04:53 AM

    oba hama, go to hirohsima ...

    OMG Wednesday, 21 October 2015 05:50 AM

    Oh shut up ! Grab a book and go back to the basement.

    mithra Wednesday, 21 October 2015 08:31 PM

    He is an old Ola Leaf book infested with silver fish !මොහු කාවුන්ගෙන් ගහන පැරණි පුස්කොල වෙලුමකි !

    Sri Wickrama Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:13 PM

    Geneva Loss Peiris will never learn.

    Naz Wednesday, 21 October 2015 03:16 PM

    As external affairs minister you were such a nincompoop that we had to have Hon. Sajin Vaas as monitoring MP. What are you talking yaar

    suresh Wednesday, 21 October 2015 03:58 PM

    what is the use of parliament, if you want Mahanayakes to interfere?????

    don Wednesday, 21 October 2015 03:59 PM

    UNHCR had to dictate, since your govt. did nothing

    TONY Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:16 AM


    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 21 October 2015 09:40 AM

    In that case, why do we want a police if each one of us can interpret the law according to our own whims and fancies? Why did you go to marriage registers office to register your marriage legally when you could still have done all the work of marriage without doing that? What a bankrupt ignorant professor. No wonder this country is in a deep low with this type of so called educated characters.

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 21 October 2015 04:58 PM

    Professor, koheda hitiye? Parliamenthuwe novunata, galleriyekawath seat ekak hambuvunanang agaya kiyanda behe neda???

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