Just days after President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated that he will not permit foreign judges in a war crimes probe, the United Nations has once again underscored the need for a ‘credible investigation’ into Sri Lanka’s alleged human rights violations, which according to the UN left at least 40,000 civilians dead during the final stages of the war in 2009.
Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the media that the UN has set out several guidelines to ensure a credible investigation is carried out and dialogue will continue with Sri Lanka to make sure it happens.
“The Human Rights Council can evaluate for themselves how it’s going, but we want to make sure there is a credible investigation into this. And we have made clear what our guidelines are for what a credible investigation will entail and so we will continue to be in dialog to make sure it happens.,” Haq said.
Speaking at the National Law Conference on Friday, Sirisena said that no international judges will be permitted on the bench to probe alleged war crimes committed by both the military and the LTTE.
“I will not agree to get foreign judges into any kind of investigations into human rights violation allegations,” he said, while underscoring that he had the fullest confidence in local judges and Sri Lanka’s own judiciary process and hence there was no need for foreign judges to be part of such a process.