Domestic probe delayed by elections


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Sri Lanka's proposed domestic mechanism to probe human rights violations has been delayed by several months until September as the Government focuses on impending Parliamentary Elections, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Wednesday (24).

Minister Mangala Samaraweera said he hoped the composition of the investigating team along with its terms of reference would now be finalized just before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)'s session in September in Geneva.

"We are working out the contours of a domestic mechanism to look into human rights abuses and war crimes," the Minister told reporters in Colombo, "This will be in place before the September sessions in Geneva."

He said the Government's schedule of reforms including starting the probe by June has been pushed back because of a delay in holding General Elections.

President Maithripala Sirisena was due to sack the Parliament he inherited from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa by April. He is now expected to dissolve Parliament and call elections very shortly, Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

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