UN reiterates calls for credible probe on war related incidents

The United Nations (UN) has reiterated calls for a credible investigation on incidents related to the war in Sri Lanka.Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General said that the UN has made clear what the guidelines for what a credible investigation will entail. “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,” he said. He said this in response to a question posed on a comment made by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not invite foreign judges to be involved in the judicial process after investigating incidents related to the war. Speaking at the Law Conference in Wadduwa on Saturday, the President said that he has faith in the local judiciary and he feels all that needs to be done is to strengthen the judiciary and ensure it is independent.International human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to invite foreign judges to ensure the domestic process to investigate human rights abuses related to the war are credible. (Colombo Gazette)

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