No decision on accepting assistance of foreign judges

The Deputy Minister was responding to a question posed in Parliament today by opposition Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. However he said it is in the hands of Parliament and the Government to decide if foreign judges should be involved in the accountability process. Gammanpila had also raised a question on the Global Tamil Forum and if it still wants an Eelam State and the Deputy Minister said that the Global Tamil Forum has agreed to work with the Government.However Gammanpila was not happy with the response and this led to an exchange of words between Gammanpila and the Deputy Minister. The Government says no decision has been taken on accepting the assistance of foreign judges in the accountability process over incidents related to the war.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that there have been requests from some groups and individuals to have foreign judges in the domestic accountability process. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya then intervened and told Gammanpila to accept the response given by the Deputy Minister.Gammanpila however objected to the stand taken by the Speaker. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Iraq UN envoy calls for demonstrations to be carried out peacefully and

“We call on the protesters to refrain from violence and to maintain the peaceful character of their demonstrations and on the security forces to show the utmost restraint in maintaining law and order,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler. In a news release from the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which he heads, the UN official also called on all sides to engage, without delay, in a “peaceful and constructive” dialogue in accordance with the Iraqi Constitution and law. The protestors have voiced a number of grievances they see as violations of their human rights and have also raised a number of demands, according to UNAMI, which noted that the Government has acknowledged that peaceful protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right of all citizens of Iraq. “UNAMI is committed to support the political and human rights of all Iraqi citizens, as well their social, cultural and economic rights, in the framework of the rule of law,” the UN mission added. Established as a political mission by the UN Security Council in 2003, UNAMI is mandated to help with advancing inclusive political dialogue and national reconciliation, as well as assisting in the electoral process, among other duties. read more

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