President appoints Committee to probe reports on HR violations
Issuing an extraordinary gazette, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a 3 member committee to investigate and report on the findings of former commissions appointed to look into alleged human rights violations during the latter part of the humanitarian conflict.
The committee headed by Supreme Court Judge A.H.M.D. Nawaz also includes Former IGP Chandra Fernando and Retired District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri.
The committee has been charged with the following responsibilities,
(a) 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 offenses;
(b) 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 offenses and whether recommendations have been made on how to deal with the said facts;
(c) 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;
(d) Overseen of whether action is being taken according to (b) and (c) above;
The Committee has been given a period of 6 months to carry out its activities.
In February last year, the Government of Sri Lanka withdrew from co-sponsorship of UNHRC Resolution 40/1 on Reconciliation, Accountability and Promotion of Human Rights in Sri Lanka and its preceding resolutions 30/1 of October 2015 and 34/1 of March 2017.
The Gazette notes that despite this decision 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.