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Lionel Fernando resigns from HRCSL

27 October 2015 02:38 am - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Civil Servant and diplomat Lionel Fernando has resigned from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) citing personal reasons.

On October 21, four commissioners  including Lionel Fernando, Saliya Pieris, Gazali Hussain and Ambika Satkunanathan were appointed to the HRCSL.

Mr. Fernando told the  that as soon as he got the appointment letter, he had wanted to resign. Therefore the following day he had informed he would resign and later tendered his resignation.

Mr. Fernando has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Secretary to the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Aviation, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador in the Netherlands, Chairperson Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the Governor of the North Eastern Province.

He has also served as Secretary, Ministry of Civil Defence and Commissioner General of Rehabilitation and Essential Services. He was also the chairman of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) associated to the UNO. (Piyumi Fonseka)

  Comments - 3

  • Bala Tuesday, 27 October 2015 06:16 PM

    Yes very curious turn of events - and his reasons can only mean hi not happy with the other commissioners.

    nandalal Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:05 AM

    Clear indication that these commissions too are not unbiased and clean.

    Mason Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:45 AM

    Naturally the prior consent of the persons would have obtained before being appointed to commissions. It being so it is surprising to hear from Mr. Fernando that he wanted to resign no sooner he got the appointment letter.Had he any misgivings about serving in the commission he could have declined when the offer was made.Is this all for media publicity or is there anything that is not meeting the public eye.

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