Sri Lanka rules out foreign judges in human rights probe

Sri Lanka today completely ruled out any possibility of having foreign judges in its investigations on war time human rights abuses.President Maithripala Sirisena told media heads in Colombo that Sri Lanka’s position was clearly communicated to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month. At the UNHRC last month some countries, including Canada called on Sri Lanka to fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process. Some Tamil groups have been saying that without the participation of foreign judges the accountability process will not be seen as being credible. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian delegation in Geneva had said that Canada was disappointed by the slow progress in implementing commitments to advance peace and reconciliation, political stability, human rights and accountability.Canada reiterated the desire for the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that a process of accountability is established that will have the trust and confidence of the victims of this war. Sri Lanka was represented at the Geneva session by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and Ministers Dr Sarath Amunugama and Faizer Mustapha.

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