The JVP has today said that the party has received information that a joint resolution to be brought by US and Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council sessions on Thursday has endorsed an international independent investigation into the alleged abuses which took place during the Sri Lankan war.
Addressing the media in Colombo today the JVP propaganda secretary Vijitha Herath said that if that is the case then there would be no difference between the recommendations made in the recently released UNHRC report and the US-Sri Lanka joint resolution.
Herath said that the government should come out with the truth and tell the people whether they endorsed UNHRC proposal to set up Hybrid courts with international judges and prosecutors within Sri Lanka to try those accused of war crimes.
While rejecting the notion of “Hybrid” courts Herath said that there were no provisions within the constitution to adopt any such mechanism with foreign intervention to judge local casess.
He said some African countries employ foreign judges as they do not have enough competent people of their own.
Herath said even some Sri Lankan’s were working in these countries.
But Herath said that such issues did not apply to Sri Lanka as the country had enough competent Judges, Lawyers and Prosecutors.
However, Herath said that the JVP fully supports a credible domestic mechanism to bring justice to victims of human rights abuses.
The JVP member went on to say that one of the foremost responsibilities of the present regime was to a
rebuild peoples confidence in the local judiciary which was shattered due to the actions of the previous Rajapaksa regime.
He said that one of the reasons which compounded international accusations on human rights violations was the ragged state of the judiciary.
Hearth said that the JVP urges the government to reject foreign proposals and establish a credible domestic mechanism to bring justice to victims of human rights abuses.