UNHRC to be briefed on probe into killings of students, aid workers

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The Attorney General’s Department will brief anyone interested in knowing about the progress on investigations into the 2006 killing of five students in Trincomalee and 17 aid workers in Mutur.

This will be done during United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva.

Sri Lanka had assured the UNHRC last year that investigations into these two incidents would be resumed.  

International organizations such as the Amnesty International had vigorously questioned the steps taken by the Sri Lankan Government on these tragic events and this led to the Attorney General’s Department reopen the cases for further investigations.  

The AG’s Department has sent three officials to Geneva to assist the Sri Lankan authorities in countering propaganda against the country. A top department official said the three senior officials would leave for Geneva on March 9, in place of the officials there.

Deputy Solicitors General Shavendra Fernando, Suhada Gamalath and Dulip Navaz are the three senior officials assigned to work with the Sri Lankan diplomats.

“We need the presence of senior officials when the UNHRC starts discussing the proposed resolution on Sri Lanka. Then, we can brief them about the steps taken regarding the various contentious issues. We have done a great deal of work in investigating the tragic incidents which took place in Mutur and Trincomalee.  We will answer any of the questions asked by any interested member,” the official said.

The UNHRC session started yesterday and will end on March 22.  

United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Navi Pillay will submit a report to the UNHRC on Sri Lanka. It will carry her observations on the steps taken by the government sequent to the resolution adopted in March last year.   

The United States has said it would introduce a procedural resolution on Sri Lanka building upon the previous resolution.  The US is planning to ask the Sri Lankan government to do more to bring about reconciliation and to address accountability issues. (KB)
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  • Kodippiulle Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:41 PM

    Why not send our present CJ who was also an Attorney General?

    Buffaloa Citizen Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:11 AM

    cccccccc

    pase Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:53 AM

    Last year former Attorney genral and Current CJ mohan Peris promissed the investigation and he should be ther

    Thomas Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:52 AM

    Attorney Generals departments version will not carry any weight , as all are stooges of MR

    Thomas Tuesday, 26 February 2013 09:56 AM

    Go and tell Geneva the truth, nothing but the truth

    manna Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:08 PM

    FOOLING THE MASSES ...

    MIIM Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:14 AM

    WHY ARE WE FEARING THE UN ?IF WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE.IF THEY WANT TO INVESTIGATE LET THEM BE.

    Powerless Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:41 AM

    Horse and ponny show!

    Premalal Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:43 AM

    The families of those victims would most certainly be interested. Have you briefed them?

    godofwar Tuesday, 26 February 2013 06:47 AM

    i smell war crimes.... mmmmmmmmmmm

    Chamini Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:33 AM

    Please don't just go there and keep defending your actions...bring a long lasting solution for our country! lies don't last long..face the truth and work for a permanent solution.

    No Drog Tuesday, 26 February 2013 01:46 PM

    yes fuuny world u r funny too

    Sri Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:56 AM

    It has been 7 years and still investigating??? what a joke

    Sad Student Tuesday, 26 February 2013 03:20 AM

    What is the answer of the parents of those 5 students?
    is it going to be no conclusive evidence??

    Union Tuesday, 26 February 2013 03:21 AM

    Attorney general will brief? Why only for selected death. It has been documented that tens and thousands of people were killed by Sri lanka forces.

    Tharma Tuesday, 26 February 2013 07:22 AM

    Hahahahha it is the havesting period for SLGov.lies dont last ever for long. Trust mé fellows

    Tharma Tuesday, 26 February 2013 07:28 AM

    Couple of years ago top SL officials. And ministers made Funny about CH4 . Now beging at UN to stop Screaning. And the time for CH4 to laugh at you . This is the power of truth.

    kaputakukula Tuesday, 26 February 2013 03:34 AM

    It is point blank clear that the Sri Lankan public and the entire world is interested to know the progress. AG department, why do you want to individually explain. If you have anything to say say it in public print media.

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 26 February 2013 03:50 AM

    God's mill grinds slow but sure!!!!!

    Raja Tuesday, 26 February 2013 02:29 PM

    It is a waste of time trying to convince LTTE supporters, whose goal is to make the world believe they were the innocent victims, instead of the brutal terrorists, as we know them.

    nicky karunarathna Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:03 AM

    Why only we have to answer for everything what we did during a war? Why not Countries like US, Uk and Europe who did massacres after massacres in Iarq, Afghainstan and Libya not answerable to anything including 4750 killed in drone attacks. Are they immune or sultans? This is a funny world!

    Raja Raju Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:11 AM

    In 10 years time when the noose become tight big shots will escape by exploiting the juniors.

    Sapumal Bandara Tuesday, 26 February 2013 08:14 AM

    Aren't we all happy that the murderous war is over? Thank God for small mercies.

    mack Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:00 AM

    US got a far superior judiciary,it has prosecuted its own marines and given long jail terms for crimes committed in war zones?where does SL stand? via DM Android App

    akex pandiyan Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:51 AM

    modaya

    unchikun Tuesday, 26 February 2013 04:52 AM

    So they seems to have woken up.


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