After the Premier tabled the three reports, the opposition raised objections on the government’s failure to table the full joint resolution which was adopted at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva recently.
Opposition MP Dinesh Gunewardene raising objections noted that what the government had tabled was the UNHRC mandated report into alleged human rights violations and not the joint resolution which was co-sponsored by a large number of countries along with Sri lanka.
Meanwhile several civil society organizations today welcomed the release of Pranagama and Udalaga reports on human rights violations and war crimes.
Both the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) and the Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) said the best way to open a dialogue on alleged human rights violations during the previous Rajapaksa regime is to publicise the Udalagama and Paranagama Commission reports and their interim reports.
The two organizations said that these documents could be the base to investigate alleged human rights allegations as the evidence given by victims and associates of victims of assassinations, abductions and torture were properly documented in those reports, they said.
The Paranagama committee was appointed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate complaints regarding missing persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces from June 10, 1990 until the war ended on May 19, 2009.
The report was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by its Chairman Retired High Court Judge Maxwell Paranagama, last month.
A commissone headed by Judge Nissanka Udalagama was appointed to look into cases of serious violations of Human Rights since August 1, 2005.
These included the assassination of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, the killing of 17 aid workers of the French INGO Action Contre Le Faim in Mutur , the killing of five youths in Trincomalee and the disappearance of Rev. Nihal Jim Brown of Philip Neri’s Church at Allaipidi on August 28, 2006 and a number of other high profile cases.