Former Minister G.L. Peiris said yesterday it was tragic that Sri Lanka had co-sponsored the resolution tabled by the US at the UNHRC which termed that the security forces had committed war crimes during the war.
Prof. Peiris rejected claims by some people that the government had been able to mitigate the allegations in the UNHRC report after the January and August elections and other claims that the report would have been worse if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office.
He claimed the report had clearly stated that the security forces had committed illegal killings, arbitrary detentions and arrests, committed rapes and there was ample evidence to prove that army had committed massacre. “How can the government say that the report is not serious when it says that it could prove about massacre which is a grave crime in international law,” he said.
Prof. Peiris told a seminar organized on the impact of the UNHRC report that all these allegations had been levelled without any basis and that they had said that the witnesses would not be revealed.
“We do not know about the witnesses as they are anonymous and on what basis they had given evidence. These grave allegations had been directed based on such evidence,” he said.
Prof. Peiris said the US resolution which was similar to that of the UNHRC report was partial, politicized and unreasonable and that it had said that the LTTE had never used Hospitals in the North for its military purposes.
“This report is totally based on political agenda. How can a report released based on an incident happened in the past be lenient with the change of governments when the incident is the same,” he asked.
He said it was the responsibility of the government to safeguard the security forces.
Former ambassador and academic Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka said this was the first time where a hybrid court has been proposed on a democratic and sovereign country in the world whereas such courts had been proposed on failed countries in the past.
He said such hybrid mechanism was in place when Sri Lanka was a British colony and that what had been agreed upon today was the same as that. (Ajith Siriwardana)
If we don’t cosponsor, they will have their own mechanism to investigate. Such a scenario would be detrimental to the interest to our country.
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 28 September 2015 09:39 AM
Around the world, highly educated persons at the level of having a doctorate or professor make sensible, logical and well analyzed statements that are eagerly listened and considered by ordinary public. Sri Lanka is only country where educated level headed fellows such as GL, Tissa Witharana, Dayan who make statements that are worse than what we hear at a three wheeler drivers discussion. This also personifies the standards of our educated.
Lokka Saturday, 26 September 2015 10:48 AM
Hybrid court will be the most partial and illegal of courts, which should not be accepted in SL. US controls the UN and other UN bodies. Therefore, a court created by the UN will be dictated by the US, and therefore, it is partial and illegal.
Sri Lankan Monday, 28 September 2015 09:40 AM
Professor you have a very short memory.When you read the OHCHR IOSL report and the annex A/HRC/30/CRP2 the High Commissioner on 10 December 2014 requested you to furnish information on the killings and other abuses attributed to the LTTE and you were silent.I am confident all this mess has been created by you and MR together the former Ambassador to Geneva.
Sam Saturday, 26 September 2015 06:49 PM
We are going in wrong direction, UNHCR has trapped us
Nelum Saturday, 26 September 2015 11:27 AM
SL is moving forward in the right direction. Reversing wrongdoings by your administration. Therefore, it is unfortunate that people such as yourselves are holding the country to ransom.
punchinilame Saturday, 26 September 2015 08:38 PM
Past HYBRID COURT IN SR LANKA"The Bandaranaike Commission of Inquiry had Justice T.S.Fernando, Judge of the Supreme Court of Ceylon and two "international" Judges, Hon. Adel Younis, a Judge from United Arab Emirates and Hon.G.C.Mills-Odoi, Judge of the Court of Appeal of Ghana. Both judges were invited by the SL government to participate in the "hybrid court.""The second Commission did not have foreign Judges but had a body of International Observers, the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP), headed by Justice S.N. Bhagwati, a former Chief Justice of India and a former head of the UN Human Rights Committee. They were nominated by the then President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa. "Sourse: Tamilnet
senaka Monday, 28 September 2015 10:19 AM
Old prof. has forgotten that just a couple of days back. your old boss-MR himself claimed that he was the first to introduce hybrid courts, what are you talking now- go home and enjoy your retirement
usuf Saturday, 26 September 2015 09:40 PM
u may fool Rajapaksa again but pls remember u cant fool Ranil & Maithry via DM Android App
Madlin Saturday, 26 September 2015 09:42 PM
Hey man dont utter rubbish during your time things were worst had you guys allowed the UNHCR to do the inquiry in Sri Lanka we could have controlled to a great extent. Take the responsibility for your mistakes like a gentleman via DM Android App
Pinto Saturday, 26 September 2015 10:17 PM
There is nodoubt that both Sri Lankan government and LTTE commited war crimes. What ever the Tamil people say LTTE were responsible for lot of killings. They killed educated Tamil people. Pirabakaran is a murderer. He used innocent Tamils for his agenda. However, Mahinda and Gotha too were involved in mass murders as well. GLP is too old to understand this. Criminals have to be punished. Security forces are too be pardoned because they only carried out the orders of Gotha.
Dee Sunday, 27 September 2015 09:14 PM
former monitoring minister of foreign affairs. the MP did the work
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