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Debate on OHCHR probe on 17, 18th

2014 Jun 17

The Parliament debate on the investigation to be launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be conducted on June 17 and 18, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakody said today. He said the decision was taken following a party leaders meeting held this morning where the issue was discussed and the dates were decided on. The Deputy Speaker said that if required a vote on the probe will be taken on the 18th evening.

A motion had been submitted to Parliament this week against the proposed investigation on Sri Lanka.

The motion, signed by nine Parliamentarians, was submitted to the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.

The motion had been signed by MPs Achala Jagoda, Malini Fonseka, Uditha Lokubandara, A.H.M. Azwer, Janaka Bandara, J.R.P Sooriyaperuma, Shantha Bandara, Duminda Silva and Nimal Wijesinghe.

“That this Parliament resolves that the investigation to be conducted against Sri Lanka by the United Nations’ Human Rights Commissioner’s Office should not be carried out on the ground that such a course of action is detrimental to the process of reconciliation and peace and that it erodes the sovereignty, dignity and stature of Sri Lanka,” the motion states.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said this week that he will refer the investigation on Sri Lanka by the UN Office of the High OHCHR to Parliament.

The President said the government has been informed about the probe and permission has been sought to allow the investigators to visit the country.

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