Government receives UN war crimes report

The Government of Sri Lanka has received an official copy of the UN probe report on alleged war crimes, scheduled for public release during the 30th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which kicks off next Monday, the Daily FT newspaper reported.Authoritative sources told Daily FT that the Government received the report by the end of this week. The report is likely to have reached the Government by Friday (11), Daily FT learns. Minister Samaraweera is expected to use the speech to lay out his Government’s plan for reconciliation and a domestic accountability mechanism that he hopes will be endorsed by the Council. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will see the contents of the highly-anticipated report before he is scheduled to address the Council on its opening day, 14 September, during the session’s high level segment. The Government blueprint for accountability will include a permanent office for missing persons, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and trials of major cases through the establishment of a Special Prosecutor’s Office, Daily FT authoritatively learns.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will officially present the report to member states of the Human Rights Council on 30 September. The contents of the reports will by then be in the public domain. read more