Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa has urged two top United Nations human rights experts to investigate political victimisation under President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s administration during the past one year.
His request comes just before a scheduled visit by UN human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez who will arrive in Sri Lanka on Friday to assess the recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system.
Namal, the eldest son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a tweet said, “hope, UN’s Mónica Pinto and Juan E. Méndez will look into LTTE’s atrocities and political victimisation during the past year.”
During their stay, which will conclude on May 7, Pinto and Méndez will meet with high level government officials, members of the judiciary and prosecution services, lawyers, civil society, the National Human Rights Commission, and victims and their families. They will also travel to North, North Central, Eastern, Central and Southern provinces, and will also visit places where persons are detained.
An analyst quipped that it was ironic that someone in the likes of Namal Rajapaksa requesting for a probe into political victimization, specially taking into account the high level of political victimization critics and anyone deemed as a ‘threat’ to the former President underwent during an almost ten year long rule.