The Sri Lankan government’s appointment to parliament of the former army chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement.
“Fonseka’s appointment signals that the government may protect senior military leaders suspected of widespread abuses,” said Brad Adams, Asia director.
“The government should meaningfully demonstrate to the Sri Lankan people and the UN that it’s serious about accountability and not on the road to a whitewash. Fonseka’s appointment is a breach of trust for victims and families who believed in this government’s commitment to deliver justice for war crimes,” Adams said.
Fonseka’s appointment was announced the day that President Sirisena met with the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and renewed his commitment to justice and accountability for wartime abuses, the statement said.
Under UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1, adopted on October 1, 2015, Sri Lanka agreed to establish various mechanisms with the assistance of the international community to deliver justice, reconciliation, and respect for human rights. Sirisena has recently elicited concerns about his commitment to justice by saying that it would not be possible to include foreign judges and prosecutors in a justice mechanism, a key component of the resolution”, Adams said.
“President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickramasinghe are sending worrying signals on accountability at a time when they should be presenting themselves as leaders determined to achieve justice for all Sri Lankans,” Adams said.
“By giving Fonseka a seat in parliament and the highest military rank, they threaten the goodwill their government has generated since coming to power,” he said.
Labby Thursday, 11 February 2016 12:26 PM
Oh just shutup !
onlooker Thursday, 11 February 2016 01:07 PM
We may not agree with SF but, we totally agree with the govt on the goodwill accorded to one of our ex war heros.
nimmi Thursday, 11 February 2016 04:57 PM
why you are pokiing your nose here while rest of the world has ongoing war
CLIVE FERNANDEZ Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:05 PM
This is complete rubbish ! Need to spend our time in a better way !
Cool Thursday, 11 February 2016 05:12 PM
Crazy Adams just shut up u have to follow Sri Lankan rules and regulations.
GC Friday, 12 February 2016 04:06 AM
Did not SF was overwhelmingly voted by Tamils of the North and East when he contested Presidential elections? Does this not show he was a good soldier and others could have been responsible for the violations of HR, if any?
gonbass Friday, 12 February 2016 04:48 AM
One cannot have the cake and eat it. What he says is correct form their point of view. Government should never have co-sponsored that stupid resolution in the first place.
Aba Jayasekera Friday, 12 February 2016 11:31 AM
Continue to stay worried. We do not care two hoots for your opinion.
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