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* Sri Lanka appoints a committee to investigate human right abuses
Fri, Mar 12, 2010, 09:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said that a committee has been appointed on the orders of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate the human rights violations alleged to have committed during the nearly thirty years of war with the LTTE.

The committee, whose members have already been named officially, is also to study on the development of the LTTE organization, the Minister said at a media briefing today.

Meanwhile, the committee appointed by the President to investigate on the human rights violation report on Sri Lanka the U.S. State Department presented to the Congress is to hand over its final report next month.

Minister Samarasinghe said that the first part of the human rights action plan, devised with the objective of safeguarding and enhancing Sri Lanka's human rights will be prepared without delay and presented to the cabinet.

A draft of the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (NAP) in Sri Lanka was presented last month to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanetham Pillay.

Pointing out that the NAP is designed to achieve an enhancement in the promotion of human rights in Sri Lanka, the Minister and expressed hope that Sri Lanka would once again receive the GSP plus common tax concession after the presentation of the report.

However, he was quick to add that the report will not be presented with the hope of receiving the tax relief. The action plan would be presented to the European Union after being presented to the cabinet, he said.

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