At UNHRC Canada demands foreign judges in Sri Lanka

Canada reiterated the desire for the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that a process of accountability is established that will have the trust and confidence of the victims of this war.“To this end, Sri Lanka should fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges.We continue to call on the Government of Sri Lanka to set a clear timetable and strategy for implementation to ensure that the commitments made to its people are fulfilled, and that human rights for the people of Sri Lanka are protected and respected,” Canada said. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian delegation in Geneva said that Canada was disappointed by the slow progress in implementing commitments to advance peace and reconciliation, political stability, Human Rights and Government accountability. At the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Canada strongly demanded that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process.In a statement to the UNHRC during its ongoing 37th session,Canada said it fully supports efforts to bring dignity and justice to all those affected by Human Rights violations and abuses. “The end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war was an important moment, but it was only a first step. Frustrations persist amongst those seeking to heal the wounds of all those who suffered and wish to achieve real reconciliation,” Canada said.

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