UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has once again demanded the Sri Lankan government to adopt a legislation which will establish a hybrid court with international judges, defence lawyers, prosecutors and investigators, to investigate allegations violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations including war crimes.
In the Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka, Zeid also urged the Government to give the highest priority to the restitution of all private land that has been occupied by the military and to end the military involvement in commercial and other civilian activities.
He also called on the Government to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act with a legislation that adheres to the best international practices.
The report also demanded that the government publicly issue unequivocal instructions to all branches of the military, intelligence and police forces that torture, sexual violence and other human rights violations are prohibited and will be investigated and punished. Zeid also said that the Government must order all security forces to end immediately all forms of surveillance and harassment of and reprisals against human rights defenders, victims and social actors.
The report also urged for the enacting of a legislation to criminalize war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and enforced disappearances without statutes of limitation, and enact modes of criminal liability, in particular command or superior responsibility.
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