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Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 14:23
UK welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on Sri Lanka
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The United Kingdom said it welcomes the publication of the report from the investigation on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

The UK co-sponsored the resolution in March 2014 that called for the OHCHR's investigation.

Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Hugo Swire said the UK will study the report's recommendations closely, and look forward to working with Sri Lanka and other partners at the UN Human Rights Council in response to it.

The UN report published yesterday has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict.

The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commenting on the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka, stated the Sri Lankan Government recognizes fully that the Report represents a human rights investigation and not a criminal investigation.

It further said the Government would ensure that the report’s content as well as recommendations receive due attention of the relevant authorities including the new mechanisms that are envisaged to be set up.

Meanwhile political parties expressed views about the report on Sri Lanka released yesterday by the UNHRC.

NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa said that the move to set up a hybrid court in the country would lead to establish an international criminal court in Sri Lanka.

Leader of the Lanka Samasamaja Party Wickramabahu Karunarathna told a media conference held in Colombo this morning that the recommendations of the UNHRC Commissioner are regretful.

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