TNA to oppose it in Geneva

TNA to oppose it in Geneva

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) opposes the decision, taken by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC),

to give Sri Lanka two additional years to implement resolution 30/1 of 2015, Party MP M. A. Sumanthiran said.

"The Sri Lankan Government has no real intention of implementing the resolution which it co-sponsored in 2015. Both, the President and the Prime Minister have repeatedly said, the government will not implement a war crimes tribunal or allow foreign Judges to come in. These are important aspects of the resolution," he said.

He added that he will be leaving for Geneva to attend the UNHRC session on 23 March.

The decisions on whether to give Sri Lanka an extension will be made on that day following the Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner's report on Sri Lanka on 22 March.

The TNA MP added that there is no obstacle to appointing foreign judges in the current Constitution, citing earlier attempts to appoint Commonwealth Judges to probe the charges against the former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

Earlier this month Sri Lanka requested the UNHRC for a further 24 months to implement resolution 301/1. TNA has expressed their dismay at the extension and proposed to establish a permanent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) office in Sri Lanka. However, the government dismissed that suggestion. Deputy Minister of Power & Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera said 'there is no need for such an office. We do not agree with every proposal made by the TNA.'(

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