Will not force SL to accept int’l judges -UNHR ChiefPublished : 8:00 am February 15, 2016 | No comments so far | | (228) reads |
The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief said.
Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, ending a four-day visit to Sri Lanka to assess the investigation, commended some efforts by President Maithripala Sirisena’s government but said much still needed to be done. The United Nations says the Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tiger rebels were both likely to have committed war crimes during the war, which ended with a military victory in 2009. A U.N. resolution calls for all alleged war crimes to be investigated and tried in special courts by international judges. Zeid’s visit followed comments by Sirisena that foreign participation was not needed for an impartial inquiry. “We are not forcing anything on the government of Sri Lanka,” Zeid told Reuters. “The president has stated his preference, his position. We have stated our preference.”