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TNA hails United Nations resolution giving 2 more years to Sri Lanka

BRITISH-HIGH-COMMISSION UK encourages Sri Lanka to set up credible transitional justice mechanism Author LBOPosted
Melinda Barton | 25 March, 2017, 02:56

The resolution regarding Sri Lanka was considered at the UNHRC's 34th session yesterday after the Commissioner Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein presented his report.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told reporters in Colombo last week that Sri Lanka could consider having "international judges" given that there were Sri Lankans who had served as distinguished global judges and prosecutors.

Making this clear after the resolution was passed on Thursday, the Sri Lankan representative Dr.Harsha de Silva that Sri Lanka is striving "to establish a Sri Lankan Government-led processes with worldwide assistance, engagement and support". We also look to the continued support of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office.

Sri Lankan government has resisted the call by UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein to set up an worldwide hybrid court.

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday unanimously gave Sri Lanka two years' extension to implement the September 2015 resolution on ethnic reconciliation and alleged war crimes.

"Sri Lanka needs to stop equivocating and move forward with a clear plan and timetable so that the promise of justice and accountability can finally become a reality", Fisher said in a statement.

The TNA welcomed the continued engagement and assistance of the worldwide community in achieving the aforesaid and as party, as the elected representatives of the Tamil speaking people, reiterated its commitment to closely engage with and monitor the implementation of the United Nations recommendations and other proposed processes related to reconciliation and transitional justice in Sri Lanka.

It requested the Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, "in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka", to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

"We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to honor its commitment with regard to these resolutions and implement the same in letter and spirit".