Wimal Weerawansa, a close associate of the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has claimed that the hybrid special court proposed by the UN would actually be a branch of International Criminal Court.
The Daily News, the official organ of the Sri Lankan government, has hinted that soldiers would not be prosecuted for international crimes.
The Sri Lankan government today claimed that it would need eighteenth months to set up a domestic inquiry.
During a press briefing held in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said his government was ready to clear the name of the armed forces through a domestic inquiry, though it would need eighteen months to set up a mechanism to that effect.
While avoiding the question of a hybrid special court as proposed by the UN, Samaraweera claimed that his government’s proposed domestic mechanism would have some degree of international involvement.
The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) today welcomed the UN report.
Tamils in London held a demonstration yesterday before the US Embassy in support of the resolution passed by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) of Tamil Eelam for an international judicial probe.
170 Catholic priests, including 3 bishops, in Tamil Eelam have sent a jointly signed memorandum urging the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to refer Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council for international crimes.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Hussein has hinted that Sri Lanka may in the future be indicted for the crime of genocide.
The international human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) has hailed the UN’s recommendations for a hybrid special court as a tremendous victory for victims.
The UK-based advocacy group Together Against Genocide (TAG) has unreservedly welcomed the UN’s recommendations for the creation of a hybrid special court to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Tamil Eelam.
The Chief Minister of Northern Tamil Eelam C.V. Wigneswaran today welcomed the UN’s recommendations for the formation of a hybrid court consisting of international judges, prosecutors, investigators and lawyers.