Addressing a media briefing at Sirikotha, the United National Party (UNP) headquarters, Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that a domestic mechanism to probe into the allegations of war crimes will be in place by the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in September.

Foreign Minister's statement comes days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Sri Lankan leaders to "find truth wherever it may lead."

During his brief visit to Colombo last Saturday (May 02) when he was briefed on the steps being taken by the Government to promote reconciliation and address post conflict issues including missing persons, detainees and accountability, the top U.S. official emphasized that Sri Lanka must find its own solutions to national issues.

Appreciating the many positive steps that have already been taken by the Government, the Secretary offered US technical assistance for the measures, as required. The Secretary expressed hope that the government will continue to cooperate with the United Nations as it explores the best way to mount a credible domestic investigation into allegations of human rights abuses - an investigation that meets international standards.

The Sri Lankan Minister said the government is working according to a timetable and is confident of meeting the timeline.

"We promised the people a domestic mechanism to look into human rights violations. There is a timeline for its setting up. We do have a timeline, we are working according to a timetable even now. I think we will be able to meet the timeline," he said.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena earlier this year assured the diplomatic community that his government will not hesitate to punish the offenders of human rights violations said to have taken place during the war after the conduct of a credible domestic inquiry through a judicial process into the allegations.

The President reiterated government's commitment to conduct an internal investigation into alleged human rights abuses and to take legal action if anyone is found guilty of violating human rights.


However, the President ruled out the need for the UN war crime investigators to get involved in the domestic investigations.

Coalition for the International Criminal Court


The ICB wishes to inform you of the Official Announcement of the Master on International Criminal Justice created with the Rovira i Virgili University

4Th International Meeting Of Defence Offices

25 & 26 November 2016 London, United Kingdom



Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Dear Madam, Sir,

The Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon thank you again for your participation in the Fourth International Meetings of Defence Offices which were held in London, on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

Please find attached the Summary report of the Meetings in French, English and Arabic. 

You will also find attached the questionnaire on Defence Investigations, which we thank you for completing in the language of your choice, and sending back to us, if you have not already done so. As Johann said during the Meetings,your answers will be very useful in that they will illustrate the Guide to Investigations with concrete examples from you experience.

Thank you again for your participation and we hope to see you again in Nuremberg for the Fifth Meetings in 2017.

Kind regards,