Human Rights Chief says Sri Lanka has the right to determine on...

Human Rights Chief says Sri Lanka has the right to determine on inquiries into alleged human rights violations

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The United Nations Human Rights Commission has emphasized that Sri Lanka had the full authority to decide on the holding of an inquiry with respect to allegations of human rights violations against Sri Lanka. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein laid this emphasizes at a media conference in Colombo today.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that though the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights makes a recommendation on the judicial process into alleged war crimes or on the involvement of foreign judges, it was the sovereign right of Sri Lanka to decide.

The UNHR Chief said the views of the Sri Lankan Government on foreign judges have been made known.“But as we discussed this with them, we know that they are looking at various options within the limits of what they describe as their preference. Whatever that we see from our side, it’s your sovereign right to decide,”

However, he said at the end of the day whatever Sri Lanka did, it should make sure that justice were served to all the victims, whose human rights have been violated.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein mentioned that extreme nationalistic tendencies lay at the heart of Sri Lanka’s conflict, and they should not be allowed to undermine the country’s long term chances of recovery once again, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.