Oppn. asks Mangala to explain letter to UNHRC

20 February 2015 03:28 am - 26     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The main opposition yesterday sought clarifications in Parliament, regarding the communication by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera to the UNHRC and on action to be taken locally and internationally regarding the resolutions adopted by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) calling for an international inquiry into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva, in his question raised under Standing Order 23/2 , said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein had announced that the report of his investigative committee  on Sri Lanka would be deferred till September.

Mr. de Silva said the UN High Commissioner had acted in this regard in response to a request by the government of Sri Lanka. Also, he said Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, in his communication with the UN High Commissioner, had pledged to bring about different reforms including the meting out of justice regarding war crime allegations, during the 100-day programme of the new government.

Against this backdrop, he said the NPC had passed a resolution calling for an international probe. Alongside, he said, the Tamil Diaspora had cited the deferral of report on Sri Lanka as inappropriate at this hour.

Therefore, he asked whether the Minister asked for the deferral of this report, and promised to ensure justice regarding war crime allegations through a mechanism. Also, he asked whether the Minister would submit documents of his correspondence with the UN system in this regard.

He also asked what action would be taken by the new government to safeguard the image of Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Chief Government Whip Gayantha Karunatilake said the subject minister would respond on the matter today. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 26

  • Karu Friday, 20 February 2015 12:08 PM

    I am not a fan of Nimal Siripala,But what he does in the parliament should be appreciated.1.brought a no confidence .Govt shook to its root.2.leads in the debates.3.Now raised a good question.Unlike the sleeping opposition we had,he acts in an intelligent way.

    Liberal One Friday, 20 February 2015 03:42 PM

    Like ending a war and taking forward the economy by 7.5%? You are just repeating the propaganda of defeated terrorists and their backers.

    Mushtaq Friday, 20 February 2015 12:22 PM

    Kota Pimbura jumping jack !! shorter the bugger, bigger the rascal !!

    CLIVE Friday, 20 February 2015 09:12 AM

    The majority Sinhalese are against this resolution. Surely Mangala would have thought deferment would be the best option in front of an election. If the resolution would be taken up now, it could go against the wish a fraction of Sinhalese people and it would reduce the votes.

    asiri Friday, 20 February 2015 04:20 PM

    It seems like thousands of innocent people including women and children died during last few days of the war. Question is whether they were killed intentionally. At least the relatives of the deceased deserve to know this. Our army also deserves a chance to clear up its name and Honor which they earned with heroism and sacrificing their lives. In my view the UN will provide the impartial investigation required.

    Rumesh Friday, 20 February 2015 12:43 PM

    The only people against this resolution are those that stand to be hauled before the courts for Human Rights abuses!

    Desmond Jeromme Friday, 20 February 2015 09:48 AM

    Nimal this is none of your business.

    Horri Jimonis Friday, 20 February 2015 09:49 AM

    Four footer is jumping too much these days.

    beainmaster Friday, 20 February 2015 12:53 PM

    Sir, the UPFA-Government is responsible for the spoiled relationship with the UNHRC. Now Mr. Samaraweera has to fix it. Let him do his job.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 20 February 2015 09:50 AM

    This fellow has to mind his business without interfering UN-necessarily.

    Bubble Banda Friday, 20 February 2015 01:00 PM

    This puppy will keep quiet if you throw a bone.

    Bubble Banda Friday, 20 February 2015 01:09 PM

    This fellow will go and stick in the wall like a Lizard for one of my blow. Only Katta....Katta.... smelling mouth.

    Karai Welleage Friday, 20 February 2015 01:29 PM

    Where was you,Nimal, for the past 10 years. You never raised anything in Parliament. You were Yes man in MR government. We know all about you. Let Mangala deal with UN.

    Freebird Friday, 20 February 2015 02:01 PM

    If sri lankan govt hands are clean why we are worried about those resolutions via DM Android App

    Lima Friday, 20 February 2015 10:31 AM


    Liberal One Friday, 20 February 2015 02:27 PM

    really? I oppose this resolution because we have a right to live in peace. Do you think peace is a right of only white skinned people? pathetic slaves!

    spd Saturday, 21 February 2015 04:35 AM

    It is strange that all are accusing the SL forces for killings in a war tnat lasted 3 decades. Why is no one asking who is/was resposible for the LTTE killings all over SL? Who is answerable to UN for the LTTE?

    Liberal One Friday, 20 February 2015 02:31 PM

    Because of corrupt international politics? Do you know what your while skinned masters did to slobodan milosevic for protecting his country?

    sataro Friday, 20 February 2015 11:02 AM

    U didnt reply .when u r in government . via DM Android App

    Mason Friday, 20 February 2015 11:09 AM

    The opposition leader has the temerity to talk about safeguarding the IMAGE of Sri Lanka. He should first remember that the UPFA, in which he was a Cabinet Minister, was responsible for destroying the IMAGE that was built by successive governments prior to 2005. The present government is slowly trying to rebuild the lost image.

    vithura Friday, 20 February 2015 02:59 PM

    Just so that you are aware Milosevic was a European too but he was shown no favour an excellent example of how impartial the justice system should be.

    Chris Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:33 AM

    Who promised an inquiry? Answer MR.

    Lakahman De Silva Friday, 20 February 2015 03:04 PM

    Hon. Nimal Siripala De silva is the Leader of the Opposotion and lead the SLFP in thew House and has an unfettered right to ask any question.Ignorant comments is of no avail

    K. C. John Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:17 AM

    7-5 % "growth" - On funds borrowed at massive interest rates? Ha Ha!

    roy varkey Friday, 20 February 2015 03:17 PM

    you actually seem like the only pathetic slave to a govt that has pissed on you and every other sri lankan

    joseph Friday, 20 February 2015 10:06 PM

    Please come with decent comments instead of displaying the only words you know.

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