No foreign judges, don’t see storm in the teacup – PM

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says there will be no foreign judges’ participation in investigations into human rights violations during the war. If that is to be done, the country’s constitution will have to be changed appropriately, he says, noting the existing one does not permit such a thing.

The PM is responding to a claim by joint opposition’s G.L. Peiris made recently that foreign judges’ participation will allow other countries to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, as per no. 06 of the UNHRC proposal in 2015.

Wickremesinghe notes that the joint opposition is seeing storms in the teacup. The 2015 proposal only says foreign judges’ advice and experience could be obtained if necessary and the decision is at the discretion of the government, and not the UN, UNHRC or any other country, he stresses.

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