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Sri Lanka was firm at the UNHRC session – Amunugama

Sri Lanka opposed foreign judges in our courts and the UN imposed time-table to achieve results says UPFA MP Amunugama

Dr Sarath Amunugama/sarathamunugama.com

UPFA Parliamentarian Dr.Sarath Amunugama told Parliament yesterday (26) that  Sri Lanka stood firm at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session on the dismissal of war crimes, according to the Government website news.lk

Dr.Amunugama, who attended the UNHRC session in Geneva noted that Sri Lanka was firm on dismissal of war crimes, not taking action against the war heroes, not including international judges in a domestic inquiry and non-acceptance of Geneva imposed time tables.

He further pointed out that Sri Lanka is changing its approach to the UNHRC and this time made it clear in writing that Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not provide for international judges in the country’s judicial system.

Opening the Committee stage debate of the ‘Budget 2019’ in Parliament, when the Expenditure Heads of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and Ministry of Wildlife were taken up, the MP said there is positive feedback within the country on the new approach to the UNHRC.

He then thanked President Maithripala Sirisena stating that the President’s intervention led to the change of strategies Sri Lanka followed at the UNHRC.