Tamil Diplomat

Tamil civil society organisations demand for hybrid special court

Fourteen Civil Society organizations from  Northern and Eastern Provinces, have demanded that the “hybrid” Special Court recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to go into war crimes charges, should have a majority of non-Sri Lankan judges and that it should be led by the UN.

“The international component should be given pride of place and control over the domestic component in a hybrid mechanism for it to be deemed credible. We emphasize this because the domestic component in a hybrid mechanism, for reasons spelt out in the UN report, will have to be kept to a minimum so as not to affect its overall credibility,” the organizations said in a statement yesterday.

The mechanism should be partly led by the UN and also “internationally legally mandated”, it added.

The full statement is attached herewith:

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