Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V Anandasangaree has called upon President Maithripala Sirisena to incorporate adequate number of female judges in its proposed-judicial mechanism to probe war crimes allegation.
In a letter to Sirisena last week, Anandasangaree suggested that such a move would enable women and victims of sexual abuse to come forward and explain their grievances.
“The most serious human rights violations and crimes can be classified under three or four categories namely rape with torture, rape torture and murder, torture and murder, missing persons accompanied with torture or murder, etc.” he said.
He pointed out that it was difficult or impossible to get a victim of rape and torture to give evidence in open court. “The TULF suggests setting up of panels comprised of female Judges or senior female Lawyers to hold inquiries in camera to the exclusion of others and make suitable recommendations including compensation,” Anandasangaree said.
He also mentioned that the mechanism would be more effective if the panel had a healthy balance of judges representing all communities.