The Sri Lankan State is presently absconding on its obligation to the United Nations (UN) with regards to the system the country will be following, concerning the nature of the domestic inquiry, Attorney-at-Law Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.

Do the competent authorities appointed by the Government like the Consultation Task Force-possess the relevant experience of dealing with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he queried.

The burden of laying the foundation for an inquiry through the process of the Consultation Task Force should not be placed on the public who have little or no understanding whatsoever concerning matters pertaining to international humanitarian law, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Commercial Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, Dr. Mahanamahewa added.

There is no model or even a concept paper that has been put out pertaining to this, he explained.

Just because the Government feels that it has friends in the international community now does not mean that the international community will be willing to bend and be flexible regarding this issue, he warned.

“In June, we have to make a verbal statement in this regard as to whether there will be a national inquiry, a hybrid system or a truth and reconciliation commission. The Consultation Task Force can seek the people’s opinion but the Government responsibility towards this remains the priority,” he said.

He further said that if the Government was serious about seeking public opinion, an awareness campaign must be conducted as to how the UN conducts inquiries, and the systems that are followed.