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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 - 12:46
UN Wants To Ensure A Credible Investigation Into SL Human Rights Violations
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The United Nations reiterated that the global body wants to ensure that Sri Lanka will conduct a credible investigation into the alleged violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by both the LTTE and the security forces during the war.

In response to a media query, Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said the UN has clearly specified its guidelines to the Sri Lankan government to ensure a credible investigation while the Human Rights Council can evaluate the process.

The Spokesperson made the comments in response to a question on President Maithripala Sirisena's statement last Friday, that he will not agree to invite foreign judges if a need arises to take judicial action following the investigations.

Addressing the inauguration of the National Law Conference organized last Friday, the President said he had the fullest confidence in local judges and judicial administrators, so there was no need for international input.

However, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who visited Sri Lanka in February, said "Sri Lanka has many excellent judges, lawyers, and law enforcement officials, HOWEVER over the years the system they depended on, and which depends on them, became highly politicized, unbalanced, unreliable."

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