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The Government’s resolve to implement the UNHRC resolution is an act of outright treachery practiced against the armed forces and the people of Sri Lanka, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

In a statement on the UNHRC resolution, he said the yahapalana government pledged to implement the entire resolution it co-sponsored in October 2015 and thereby renewed its earlier undertaking to establish a war crimes tribunal with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators, to remove through an administrative process members of the armed forces suspected of war crimes even if there isn’t enough evidence to take them before a judicial inquiry, to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and to replace it with a law acceptable to Western powers and to permit the war crimes tribunal and other mechanisms set up in Sri Lanka to obtain funds from overseas.

“Though the President and Prime Minister repeatedly say that no foreign judges will be brought to try our armed forces, the pledge given in Geneva last week was exactly the opposite. The most dangerous aspect of the UNHRC resolutions of 2015 and 2017 is that the Sri Lankan government has accepted without any reservations the report of the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) of September 2015 which had accused the Sri Lankan government of a whole range of war crimes including indiscriminate killings of non-combatants, torture, rape, illegal detention, abduction and deprivation of humanitarian assistance.

There was no compelling reason for the yahapalana government to have accepted the OHCHR report other than their own inherent anti-national attitude. In 2010, the UN Secretary General commenced an inquiry against Sri Lanka and its report was published in April 2011. My government resolutely refused to accept that report and today, nobody even remembers that such a document existed.

The UN Secretary General can appoint a panel of experts to advise him on a country only on the instructions of the UN Security Council. Yet, under pressure from the Obama administration, Ban Ki Moon appointed a panel of experts to advice him about Sri Lanka without the sanction of the Security Council thus going against the practices in the UN that had evolved over seven decades.

The investigation against Sri Lanka by the OHCHR which began in 2014 had similar issues of legitimacy. When the UNHRC appoints a Commission of Inquiry to go into the situation in a country, the members of the commission are appointed by the President of the UNHRC who is the ambassador of a member nation. But in the case of Sri Lanka the inquiry panel was appointed by the UN Human Rights Commissioner - a second tier UN official, not by the President of the UNHRC,” he said.

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  • Sara Friday, 31 March 2017 12:41 PM

    It seems some comments were done by infants who born just after the war.

    sara Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:48 PM

    This is the only slogan that has the magic power to cheat the mases. MR or MS all are concerned about the armed forces and people know that.

    usaguy Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:57 PM

    you and your gang betrayed the whole country. via DM Android App

    Donald Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:04 PM

    Found another straw of hay to clutch?

    nalaks Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:25 PM

    malinda doesnt have an answer to tackle the United Nations his approach will further isolate Sri Lanka via DM Android App

    Dee Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:31 PM

    Not forces. But by gone secretaries, yes!

    ananda Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:29 PM

    You are a discarded politician who should enjoy your retirement at Madamulana. Dont incite communal unrest in the country by issuing baseless statements. via DM Android App

    Reegan Suvi Thursday, 30 March 2017 07:40 PM

    Mahinda, please understand one thing. Our country is in this state because of you. If you go to gallows we all are happy. Army can live happily

    ceylon Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:32 PM

    armed forcess betrayed government by doing crimes out of duty lines. via DM Android App

    Hubert Friday, 31 March 2017 04:33 PM

    So what criminals are criminals

    Lion Friday, 31 March 2017 04:15 AM

    It is sad that this man who made this country a lawless state assuming that is the law of this land is allowed to make statement freely. See what is happening to the president of south Korea for her illegitimate actions. She was defamed ousted and now facing the law of that country. Get this rouge behind bars with his kith and kin.

    Manel Friday, 31 March 2017 04:25 AM

    You and your brother forced war heroes to sweep roads and clean drains during your despotic regime. Have you forgotten.

    tissa Friday, 31 March 2017 06:36 AM

    Could you please tell the public were there are any country where whole armed forces maid guilty instead of its controller eg.youjoint commander and your brother.Do not mislead the budisht monkey listen to the northern chief ministers statements via DM Android App

    Pambaya Friday, 31 March 2017 06:47 AM

    Still law enforcement trying to find the murder comitted during your and your brother period not war criminals via DM Android App

    Ganesh Friday, 31 March 2017 07:32 AM

    This inherent mentality of yours had been amply demonstrated when you were in power which was promptly identified by right thinking Sinhala people ,let alone pseudo patriots , Tamils and Muslims deposed you and your tyrannical gang with the help of devine retribution .If you can not still reform ,even God can not help you Sir.

    willows Friday, 31 March 2017 08:06 AM

    It is high time Sir, you realize the ground situation and retire from active politics and don't make these kind of false accusations please please

    Kadiya Friday, 31 March 2017 08:11 AM

    The same old song all over again, even the armed services must be fed up with it!!!

    AS Friday, 31 March 2017 08:15 AM

    Yes, very true. Thanks to MR we live without any fear of Terrorism.


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