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14 Sri Lankan civil society groups endorse call for hybrid special court

Fourteen Sri Lankan civil society groups, together with 39 activists welcomed the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' Investigation into Sri Lanka (OISL) report, which was released on Wednesday, and endorsed the OISL's call for a hybrid special court to be established.

"We fully endorse and call for the immediate implementation of the OISL’s recommendations to the GoSL, the UN system and the Member States of the UNHRC," the groups said in a joint statement on Friday.

Outlining their key demands the groups called for the government to "provide for the appointment of international judges, lawyers, prosecutors and investigators to a special hybrid court as recommended by the OISL Report", "invite the OHCHR to establish a full-fledged country presence to monitor the human rights situation", and sign and ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

See full statement here.

Related article: Sri Lanka cannot domestically deal with 'grave crimes' found in OISL report says UN Rights Chief (16 Sep 2015)

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