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Sri Lanka HR Commission solicits foreign experts to conduct first inquiry on rights violations

2013 Nov 21

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka will conduct the first national inquiry into alleged human rights violations with the assistance from local and foreign experts.

Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa told the media that the first national inquiry into the alleged human rights violations related to torture between the period of 2009 and 2013 would be conducted with local and foreign legal experts.

He said the inquiry would be carried out during a period of 18 months.

Dr. Mahanamahewa noted that the Commonwealth Secretariat believed that Sri Lanka should focus on a national inquiry without leaving space for an international inquiry over alleged human rights violations.

According to the Commissioner, the national inquiry would be independent since it will be carried out with the participation of local and foreign legal experts.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron called on the Sri Lankan government to conduct a credible, transparent and independent inquiry into alleged human right violations by March 2014.

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