JHU General Secretary and a front-liner of the common Opposition movement, Patali Champika Ranawaka today challenged the Rajapaksa regime to clarify the crimes that are being probed and punishments that would be meted out on those found guilty of war crimes by the Presidential Commission on Disappearances.
Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo this afternoon, Ranawaka said President Rajapaksa should first explain the specific charges that are being probed by the Commission and the punishments for the perpetrators
“Our stand onthe subject is that if there are charges against any military personnel, it should be probed and action against them should be taken within the legal framework available domestically. There have been many instances in Sri Lanka where such action has been taken against military personnel when found guilty,” he said while adding that the government has no right to speak on war crimes because it has already mandated the Disappearance Commission to investigate into it.
He went on to point out that by inviting international experts to advice the Commission if and when necessary, has also resulted in an international intervention.
“We don’t agree with international interventions into this matter. We strongly believe it has to be carried out domestically,” he added.
Speaking further he also blamed President Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister and Coordinating MP for the External Affairs Ministry for the present deterioration of Sri Lanka’s foreign relations.
“In 2009 Sri Lanka had secured a 2/3 majority within the Human Rights Council but this situation was completely turned around within a few months by the negligence of officials,” he said.
“We learn that an attempt is being made to prevent the voters in the Northern province from casting their votes. This is a fine example of the true nature of the relations between the government and the LTTE. . . So I urge the Northern province residents to make use of their right to vote,” he added.