SL response to UN Human Rights Commissioner to be submitted tomorrow
Posted on January 26th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News

Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena stated that a detailed draft of the response to the charges mentioned in the report submitted by the UN High Commissioner regarding Sri Lanka will be submitted to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva tomorrow (27).

Meanwhile, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed a 3-member Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences.

The Extraordinary Gazette notification pertaining to this was issued on the 21.

Supreme Court Judge A. H. M. D. Nawaz was appointed as the Chairman of the Commission. Retired Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando and retired District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri were the other members.

The Commission was entrusted with following responsibilities:

Find out whether preceding Commissions of Inquiry and Committees which have been appointed to investigate into human rights violations, have revealed any human rights violations, serious violations of the international humanitarian law and other such serious offences;

Identify what are the findings of the said Commissions and Committees related to the serious violations of human rights, serious violations of international humanitarian laws and other such offences and whether recommendations have been made on how to deal with the said facts;

Manner in which those recommendations have been implemented so far in terms of the existing law and what steps need to be taken to implement those recommendations further in line with the present Government policy; Overseen of whether action is being taken according to (b) and (c) above

The Commission has the authority to make required inquires and investigations and to present interim reports where it is necessary to the President. All Government officials have been directed to provide required assistance and information when requested by the Commission.

The final report of the Commission should be handed over to the President within 6 months since the date of the appointment of the Commission. The background to the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry was given in the Gazette.

The decision taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to withdraw from co-sponsorship of 40/1 Resolution on Reconciliation, Accountability and Promotion of Human Rights Sri Lanka and its preceding resolutions 30/1 and 41/4 was announced at the 43rd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Even though Sri Lanka withdrew from the co-sponsorship of the aforesaid resolutions, the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka is to continue to work with the United Nations and its Agencies to achieve accountability and human resource development for achieving sustainable peace and reconciliation. The Government is also committed to ensure that, other issues remain will be resolved through democratic and legal processes and to make institutional reforms where necessary to ensure justice and reconciliation.

The Government identifies as a fundamental requirement to pursue a non-aligned foreign policy that protects the sovereignty of Sri Lanka in achieving the objectives stated in the Government Policy Statement.

Since the Commissions and Committees that have been appointed to investigate into alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian laws and have made recommendations, the 3-member Commission is entrusted with the task of investigating them and making recommendations on necessary actions to be taken.

One Response to “SL response to UN Human Rights Commissioner to be submitted tomorrow”

  1. Nimal Says:

    All countries must respect the human rights conventions otherwise there is no safeguards nations and people. Today is holocaust memorial day,not only Sri Lanka but countries like US, some EU nations, also seem to have violated the rights of other nations by interventions. So not only SL but other nations should be made to account.Plastine, there is a gross violation, Yemen there is terrible violations. They must all be answerable. Remember Mi lai massacre in Vietnam and massagers of the minority Chinese in Indonesia.

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