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Sri Lanka rejects Consultation Task Force recommendations

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, the day after its report was publicly released and handed over to senior government officials.

A Sri Lankan government spokesperson was quoted by Azzam Ameen of the BBC as saying,

“There will be no foreign judges, our policy will not change”.

The CTF recommended international judges be involved in an accountability mechanism, as well as rejecting amnesties for war crimes.

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both did not attend the report launch event.

The spokesperson went on to claim that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights allegedly agreed to not having international judges, as per Sri Lankan government policy.

"There will be no foreign judges, our policy will not change, UN has agreed to that" Govt spokesman rejecting CTF report recommendation #lka

— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) January 4, 2017

Sri Lanka's president has repeatedly rejected the notion of international judges participating in an accountability mechanism, a demand that “overwhelmingly” came from Tamils, according to the CTF. The report also noted that “there is support for or acceptance of foreign judges in the South, and in the North and East for acceptable and trustworthy individuals regardless of nationality”.

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