C’wealth-assisted national HR inquiry

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has decided to conduct a national inquiry into the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka with technical assistance of Commonwealth Secretariat, sources said yesterday.

A Commonwealth delegation comprising representatives of its Human Rights Division will arrive in the country on December 2 and will take the initial steps to conduct this domestic inquiry.

Human Rights Commissioner Prathibha Mahanamahewa said the country’s first national inquiry into the alleged human rights violations (torture) that took place between 2009 and 2013 would be conducted with the participation of local and foreign legal experts during a period of 18 months.

Dr. Mahanamahewa said the Commonwealth Secretariat believed that Sri Lanka should focus on a national inquiry rather than an international inquiry over alleged human rights violations.  

“Countries like Australia and New Zealand had also expressed concerns about the necessity of a national inquiry into the country’s human rights violations and this process will be useful for Sri Lanka to face the possible challenges which could be emerged at next year’s UN Human Rights Council sessions,” he said.

Dr. Mahanamahewa said this national inquiry would be more independent because it would comprise local and foreign legal experts. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 8

  • Mason Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:03 AM

    So after all the shouting the regime has finally agreed to hold an inquiry. David Cameron's threat has borne fruit although it will not be admitted accordingly.
    This is like using the toilet where you begin with lots of noise before having the matter.

    Law and order Tuesday, 19 November 2013 05:12 AM

    we need international inquiry. Bcos government knows well to put the law and order in other side

    Aja Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:08 AM

    Good get on with it .

    flatwhite Tuesday, 19 November 2013 11:32 AM

    Bring it on mate we will bring 1983-2009 of brutal bombings,suicide,killings of the innocent civilians by the tamil tigers and also we will make sure we bring all people who has lost a familly memeber due to terror including the western countries who funded the tmail tigers. HR will then perish as well due to the videos and photos of all terror recored and kept by SL Govt.

    Ruwan Fernando Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:30 AM

    not sure I understand why a national inquiry would be more independent than an international one - especially given the quoted reason :)

    ish Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:36 AM

    TN ,Canada and Diaspora want get sleep after hearing this........

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:46 AM

    This inquiry will consist of sinhalese who are the main perpetrators in this accusation, An inquiry consisting of sinhalese will certainly be biased as they are the main perpetrators in these accusations. Thus much of the criminality could get diluted, ignored or even manipulated in favor of the sinhalese to overcome the subsequent shame. Thus the need for an independent, impartial and transparent inquiry by a UN agency is the correct methodology.

    sach Tuesday, 19 November 2013 03:59 AM

    Good step


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