Former AG says:
HR complaints to LLRC under probe
Justice to be meted out in accordance with SL’s legal
All complaints on Human Rights violations made to the Lessons Learnt
and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) are being investigated for action.
Former Attorney General and a member of the Sri Lanka delegation to
the UNHRC Mohan Peiris told the Daily News yesterday the allegations on
Human Rights violations placed before the LLRC are under investigation
in accordance with Sri Lanka’s legal code.
Peiris said so when asked about accusations levelled against Sri
Lanka by various NGOs and the UNHRC regarding the country’s Human Rights
“The NGOs claim that there are cases of human rights violations but
they say so without substantial material to support their claims
inasmuch to justify a charge,” he said. “On the contrary, the office
bearers of these NGOs, do not seem to go to police stations or to Sri
Lankan courts to seek redress for human rights violation cases to mete
out justice to the victims,” he pointed out.
“They can got go to District Courts, the Supreme Court or any court
of their their choice with their human right cases. If police do not
support their efforts as they sometimes say on occasions when they could
not find substantial material to support their claims of a case, they
can seek assistance of private law firms .” “They can even petition the
Army Chief,” he said.
Asked how some NGOs have gone to the extent of making allegations
against the government in international forums under the
circumstances,Peiris said, they do so because they are paid by these
establishments. “A country cannot take action upon mere hearsay,” he
explained. “The NGOs have not filed any human right violation cases
against Security Forces so far.”
“There are some cases filed by individuals with the LLRC with
material to substantiate charges. Such cases are being dealt with under
the law.” Peiris said , it has been only three months since the release
of the LLRC report, and more time and space will be required to deal
with all cases of alleged violations.