Confusion worse confounded
Posted on November 16th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island

President Maithripala Sirisena never misses an opportunity to shower praise on the security forces personnel for defeating terrorism and assure them that he will not allow any of them to be hauled up before a war crimes tribunal. He said so for the umpteenth time recently at the army hospital. The SLFP members of the yahapalana government also express similar views in public. They pooh-pooh their critics’ claim that the ground is being prepared slowly for establishing a war crimes tribunal here.

But, strangely, the Sri Lankan delegation to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva has recently reaffirmed the government’s commitment to implementing the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 (Oct. 2015) which calls for the setting up of a war crimes tribunal with the participation of foreign judges, defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators. Whom will this hybrid tribunal try? The government, which co-sponsored the resolution, ought to provide an answer.

President Sirisena’s statements on the proposed war crimes tribunal are at variance with those government delegates make in Geneva from time to time. Who is telling us the truth? Is it that the government is divided on the question of honouring its Geneva commitments?

One Response to “Confusion worse confounded”

  1. Hiranthe Says:

    Sira was given a role to tell lies and calm down the public while the Die-Ass-Pora wish is implemented behind the screen.

    This fellow is not a president but a messenger of the Yahap pay masters

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