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(Lanka-e-News-30.Jan.2013, 11.45PM) A copy of the report pertaining to SL human rights prepared by the UN human rights High Commissioner’s office to be presented to the HR Council sessions to be held in March 2013 had been forwarded to the SL MaRa Govt. to keep the latter informed , according to the Geneva High Commission sources.
After the MaRa Govt. has got an idea of its contents there is no room for any changes , based on reports of the same sources. This report is a follow up investigation into the resolutions passed in 2012 march. The report concludes that the implementation of the recommendations of the lessons learnt and reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by the SL Govt. which is a sequel to the resolution passed is not satisfactory, it is learnt.
This long report contains extracts of the report of the special Committee appointed to investigate the violations of human rights during the final phase of the war as alleged by the UN Gen. Secretary , and the report is hence having official status , sources say.
This report is scheduled to be published via the internet in the second week of February ,and the Human rights Council has fixed 20th March to hold discussions in relation to SL. At the Human rights Council this time , four topics of discussions are to be held in regard to SL . They are : The High Commissioner’s introductory speech ; the SL UPR report ; the High Commissioner’s report; and the US resolutions.
While expressing concern about the removal of Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake from the post of Chief Justice, the UN Human Rights body said High Commissioner Navi Pillay will be issuing a report on Sri Lanka at the February-March session of the HR Council, focusing on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes.
“We are also concerned that the impeachment process has caused bitter divisions within Sri Lanka, and that it sends an ominous signal about the Government’s commitment to accountability and reconciliation,” the UNHRC said in a statement today.
The full statement
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay is deeply concerned that the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice has further eroded the rule of law in the country and could also set back efforts for accountability and reconciliation.
The removal of the Chief Justice through a flawed process — which has been deemed unconstitutional by the highest courts of the land — is, in the High Commissioner’s view, gross interference in the independence of the judiciary and a calamitous setback for the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was served notice of her dismissal and removed from her chambers and official residence on Tuesday (15 January), in spite of a Supreme Court ruling that the parliamentary procedure to remove her violated the Constitution.
Sri Lanka has a long history of abuse of executive power, and this latest step appears to strip away one of the last and most fundamental of the independent checks and balances, and should ring alarm bells for all Sri Lankans.
The jurist sworn in by the President as the new Chief Justice on 15 January, the former Attorney-General and Legal Advisor to the Cabinet, Mr. Mohan Peiris, has been at the forefront of a number of government delegations to Geneva in recent years to vigorously defend the Sri Lankan government’s position before the Human Rights Council and other human rights mechanisms. This raises obvious concerns about his independence and impartiality, especially when handling allegations of serious human rights violations by the authorities.
We are also concerned that the impeachment process has caused bitter divisions within Sri Lanka, and that it sends an ominous signal about the Government’s commitment to accountability and reconciliation. It flies in the face of the strong calls by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission, and by leaders of Sri Lanka’s civil society and legal profession, to rebuild the rule of law which has been badly eroded by decades of conflict and human rights violations.
Just this morning we have received alarming reports from the Independent Bar of Sri Lanka of a series of death threats, acts of intimidation and even a couple of reported murder attempts against lawyers who have been supporting Chief Justice Bandaranayake, and the rulings of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on her case.
The High Commissioner will be issuing a report on Sri Lanka at the February-March session of the Human Rights Council, focusing on the engagement of UN mechanisms in support of the accountability and reconciliation processes.