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* Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka seeks more powers to be effective
Tue, Dec 17, 2013, 11:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to grant the body more powers to deal with human rights related issues in the country.

The Commission has reportedly written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa requesting for amendments to the Human Rights Act No. 21 of 1996 to grant more powers to the Commission.

Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa told the media that the Commission has sought the President to enable the Commission to take matters before the High Court if recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission have not been implemented within the stipulated time frame.

He said that the Commission has written to the President about the amendments to the legislation required to conduct more effective work.

Among the other amendments to the Human Rights Commission sought by the Commission are, powers to conduct national inquiries on specific matters, issue warrants to state officials who do not appear for inquiries, powers to issue regulations where any document could be recalled, and the right to investigate persons or institutions during which period the person or the institution could not be investigated in parallel and simultaneously while the Human Rights Commission inquiry was on.

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