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Outrage As President Insists No Foreign Judges

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by Easwaran Rutnam

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A public statement made last weekend by President Maithripala Sirisena that he will not agree to inviting foreign judges to get involved in the accountability process related to the war, has drawn sharp criticism.

The criticism stems from the fact that the need to have foreign judges is part of the Resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last year, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka.

Speaking at the Law Conference in Wadduwa last weekend, the President said that he has faith in the local judiciary and he feels all that needs to be done is to strengthen the judiciary and ensure it is independent.

International human rights groups have been calling on Sri Lanka to invite foreign judges to ensure the domestic process to investigate human rights abuses related to the war are credible.

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