Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Tamil party TNA firm against granting Sri Lanka more time to implement UN resolution proposals
Sun, Mar 19, 2017, 12:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) opposes the attempt to grant more time for Sri Lanka to implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) proposals stipulated in the UN resolution HRC 30/1 adopted in by the Council in October 2015.

Jaffna District TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran addressing media in Jaffna on Saturday said he will be leaving for Geneva to participate in the UNHRC session on 23 March when the decisions will be made following the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner's report on Sri Lanka on 22 March.

The Tamil lawmaker charged that the government has no interest in fulfilling any of the obligations in the consensual resolution it co-sponsored on 01 October 2015.

While several measures including establishment of a court to probe war crimes, and appointing international judges were included in the proposals, the President, the Prime Minister and other government ministers publicly claim that those proposals will not be implemented and it is not fair to make such statements, the MP said.

Mr. Sumanthiran, pointing out that there is no obstacle to the appointment of foreign judges in accordance with the current constitution, cited the preparation to appoint Commonwealth judges to probe the charges against the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake as an example, BBC Sandehsya reported.

He said the Tamil National Alliance is of the stance that the appointment of foreign judges in the establishment of the war crimes tribunal is a must.

The MP said that if the UNHRC prepares to allow Sri Lanka additional time to implement the proposals, the TNA would clearly state its opposition at the session on 23 March.

Tamil National Alliance MP said that the party's position has not changed from the stance it adopted in Vavuniya, on March 11, and stressed that the government must implement all the proposals as adopted in the 2015 October resolution.

Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights should be established in Sri Lanka to ensure the full implementation of the Geneva proposals, the TNA MP Sumanthiran stressed.

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters
-- [5 hours ago]
Private sector technical team proposes to hold off the abolition of current SVAT system
-- [5 hours ago]
Pakistan, Sri Lanka relations firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust and respect - High Commissioner
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to introduce new legislation to replace old Acts in financial sector to meet present day needs
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lankan woman nabbed at Bangalore airport for drug smuggling
-- [8 hours ago]
U.S. suggests Sri Lanka government to make a public strategy and time table to fulfill UN commitments
-- [8 hours ago]
Pakistan to showcase Gandhara art in Sri Lanka at the Vesak Festival
-- [9 hours ago]
Major General Mahesh Senanayake appointed Chief of Staff in Sri Lanka Army
World Water Day: U.S. Embassy helps provide clean drinking water in rural Sri Lanka
Finance Minister pays surprise visit to Sri Lanka Customs

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.