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.
Prince Andrew at The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in County AntrimCredit:PA The Duke of York today received a tour of the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, accompanied by a leading celebrity media lawyer who has represented his ex-wife. The Duke, who faces ongoing pressure over his links to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, was joined on the golf course by Paul Tweed, who specialises in reputation management and privacy issues. Mr Tweed has previously worked with a string of high-profile clients including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford and Sarah, Duchess of York, whom he has represented in cases involving libel and phone hacking since 2013.Sources said he is not working for the Duke, but is considered a family friend. He was photographed in conversation with the Duke at the seaside golf course in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Duke arrived at the club house on Monday morning and received a welcome from officials before a tour of the course, which recently hosted The Open.He is visiting the golf club in his role as founder of The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy.A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness will undertake a number of engagements related to the tournament, at which there will be 66 sportsmen and women from 35 countries. Prince Andrew said in a statement on August 24: “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to (Epstein’s) arrest and conviction.” It marked Andrew’s third public appearance in as many days following visits to the Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday and the Belgian city of Bruges on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation by the Allies.The events are among his first in public since the scandal broke over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.Epstein was found hanged in his cell on August 10 in New York while facing fresh charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex.Prince Andrew has been dogged by allegations of impropriety with under-age girls introduced to him by Epstein. Buckingham Palace has issued strong denials in response to claims from a woman who said she was forced to have under-age sex with the duke.Virginia Roberts alleged in court papers in Florida that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17, which is under the age of consent in the US state.The claims were struck from the record by the court.The palace has called the allegations “false and without any foundation”, saying “any suggestion of impropriety with under-age minors” by the duke was “categorically untrue”. Prince Andrew and Paul Tweed at Royal Portrush Golf ClubCredit:PA “The duke will meet volunteers, supporters and representatives from local businesses, host the tournament dinner, attend the tournament and present prizes.” Paul Tweed has successfully represented Sarah, Duchess of York in media law casesCredit:Rex