Minister notes OHCHR report not legally binding

The Minister added that the Government had also appointed the Udalagama Commission and the Maxwell Paranagama Commission to investigate incidents related to the war. The Government today noted that the report on Sri Lanka by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is not legally binding and so will not have any adverse impact on the country.Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) leader Patali Champika Ranawaka said that in the past similar reports had been released and Sri Lanka has often responded by issuing its own report. He also noted that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was the first person to introduce the “hybrid system” to Sri Lanka by obtaining the assistance of foreign experts to advise the Paranagama Commission.“That was the first hybrid system involving Sri Lanka,” he said. He recalled that as a response to the Darusman Report, the Government under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, had issued the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation (LLRC) report. The Minister said that all these reports must also be analyzed, and both reports are now in the hands of the President.He also said that some people are raising concerns that soldiers will be questioned over the war but soldiers have already been questioned by the Maxwell Paranagama Commission. (Colombo Gazette)

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