Draft resolution on SL comes under discussion at first informal session in Geneva

Draft resolution on SL comes under discussion at first informal session in Geneva

Draft resolution on SL comes under discussion at first informal session in Geneva

Written by Staff Writer

21 Sep, 2015 | 9:15 pm

Rounds of discussions on the draft resolution on Sri Lanka were held at the first informal session in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.

Speaking at the discussion, the United States had proposed that the term “Hybrid Court” as recommended by the High Commissioner in his report, be replaced with the term “Credible Investigation”.

Discussions were held among the “Core group” of the UN on the draft resolution on Sri Lanka which is scheduled to be tabled on September 30.

Joining the informal session, U.S. representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Kieth Harper said that as the term “Hybrid Court” is open to various interpretations by the people, it would be suitable to change the phrase.

Expressing his views at the session, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Ravinatha Ariyasinha briefly echoed the statement made by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera,  on September 14 at the UNHRC.

As Minister Mangala Samaraweera outlined on September 14, Ravinatha Ariyasinha reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to set up a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-reccurrence, an Office on Missing Persons, a Judicial Mechanism with a special counsel and an Office for Reparations.

Ravinatha Ariyansinha went on to note that these mechanisms will be evolved and designed through consultations involving victims, political parties, civil society representatives, the military, the High Commissioner and his office and other relevant international organisations as well as members of the diaspora who wish to be consulted.

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