UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

UN resolution, Udalagama & Paranagama Commission reports tabled in Parliament

October 20, 2015   01:31 pm

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The resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council as well as the Udalagma and Paranagama Commission Reports were tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe a short while ago.

The PM had previously said that the government-mandated commission reports would be tabled today and that the government would facilitate the promised debate on the UNHRC resolution after tabling the reports 

The Paranagama committee was appointed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to probe complaints regarding missing persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces from June 10, 1990 to May 19, 2009.

The report was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by its Chairman Maxwell Paranagama, a retired High Court judge, last month. 

Paranagama’s Commission report mainly deals with issues related to violation of the International Humanitarian Law or War Crimes allegedly committed by both parties and the recommendations to prevent a repetition.

The interim report of the commission headed by retired justice Nissanka Udalagama which probed into the killings of 17 NGO workers just months before the commencement of the final phase of war against the LTTE, has also been presented to the President.

The Udalagama commission was appointed after the CID conducted investigations into the killing of 17 aid workers of the Action Against Hunger (ACF) on August 4, 2006 in Muttur. 

The US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted by consensus at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 01.

The resolution entitled ‘Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’ and was co-sponsored by the government of Sri Lanka with 25 additional co-sponsors at the 30th session of the UNHRC.

The resolution envisages the establishment of a Sri Lankan judicial mechanism to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law. 

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