PCoI probing preceding Commission and Committees submits interim report

PCoI probing preceding Commission and Committees submits interim report

PCoI probing preceding Commission and Committees submits interim report

Written by Staff Writer

21 Jul, 2021 | 7:54 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences handed over its Interim Report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The President in extraordinary gazettes issued on January 21st and February 12th, 2021 appointed members to the Commission of Inquiry (CoI)/

Supreme Court Judge A. H. M. D. Nawaz is the Chairman of the Commission. Retired Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando and retired District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri are the other members.

The Commission which is not in agreement with the calls to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), highlights in the interim report that the PTA should be reformed in line with the laws against the prevention of terrorism in other countries including in the UK.

The Commission, which has paid special attention to the Provisions 9, 11 and 13 of the PTA, has made three key recommendations in its interim report with regard to the implementation of the PTA in a more democratic manner.

The Commission highlighted the possibility to expedite the hearing of cases of those who are being detained for a minimum of three months or a longer period under article 9 of the PTA by filing indictments against them.

The PCoI also pointed out the possibiluty to confine the detainees to their own home or the residential area under special security instead of detaining them in prisons in line with article 11 of the PTA.

The Commission, in its Interim Report, proposes the importance of establishing an Advisory Board consisting of not less than three persons representing all ethnic groups, to advise the President or the Minister in charge of Defence under article 13 of the PTA.

It is the policy of the Government to work with the United Nations and its agencies to ensure accountability and human resource development in order to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation, said a statement.

The Government is committed to providing solutions for the issues to be resolved within the democratic and legal process and to ensure justice and reconciliation by implementing necessary institutional reforms, it added.

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate, inquire into and report or take necessary actions on findings of preceding Commissions or Committees appointed to investigate into human rights violations, serious violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and other such offences has been mandated to handover its final report in the next six months.

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