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Sri Lanka pledges legal action if human rights allegations are proven


15:56, February 20, 2012

COLOMBO, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka has assured that legal action will be taken against any individual if allegations of committing human rights abuses during the final stages of the war are proven.

The government's information department quoted the Sri Lankan envoy to the UN Palitha Kohona as saying on Monday that the government was also firm on its stand that it will not support any external intervention into domestic issues.

The Sri Lankan government is preparing to face a resolution to be presented against the country at the UN Human Rights Council next week.

The resolution, supported by the European Union and the United States, will call for a UN commission of inquiry on the allegations of human rights abuses committed during the final stages of the war between the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels.

"Such interventions would not be in keeping with established international practice, where the domestic process needs to be exhausted prior to resorting to externalization," Hohona was quoted as saying.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a local commission known as the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission after the war ended in May 2009 to look at some of the allegations raised against the Sri Lankan authorities.

However, some Western countries had said they were not satisfied with the final report of the commission which was made public last December, especially on accountability.

Kohona said the government will implement the recommendations of the commission and as a central feature of the government's approach to reconciliation, a Parliamentary Select Committee has been set up to achieve a national consensus in respect of constitutional changes which are necessary to fulfill minority aspirations.

He also noted that one of the major external challenges that Sri Lanka faces as it strives to consolidate the peace following 30 years of war is that is the campaign launched by the remnants of the internationally proscribed terrorist organisation in some countries.

"This terrorist rump is not only undermining the reconciliation and development efforts carried out by the government of Sri Lanka, but also attempting to pursue punitive action on human rights violations, issuing the governments of their host countries," he said.

He said the government will establish a mechanism for gathering and assessing evidence relating to the much publicised episodes and a strong investigative mechanism will be put in place.


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Rohan at 2012-02-2372.37.171.*
Pasel, buddy, what nonsense are you talking about? SL govt has ALL the right to defend herself against all those terror sympathizers, dude, read history, go back to Goldstone report on Gaza...and perhaps then talk about this issue, if you don’t know that facts, just simply zip up!!
pasel at 2012-02-2263.116.132.*
what nonsense the SL gov talking about? past two years they denied the HR violation and War crime now if they find or proven means pulling the leg to the western world who are claiming need investigation

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