Government urged to establish hybrid mechanism

The Government has been urged to establish a hybrid-international mechanism to deal with allegations related to the war.Amnesty International says by seeking to deliver on all four pillars – justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of nonrecurrence – through the establishment of these four mechanisms, Sri Lanka promises to break new ground and set global precedents that other states may follow in seeking to address impunity. The London based human rights organization says the mechanism must have a mandate to address crimes by all sides.Amnesty also notes that a broad temporal jurisdiction must be established and the mechanism must have jurisdiction over all crimes under international law. Successive Governments have announced programmes to provide permanent housing for the displaced; repair damaged houses; improve water and sanitation, assist with livelihood development and improve infrastructure, but Amnesty International says the programmes did not reach all those in need. (Colombo Gazette) Amnesty says a hybrid-international justice mechanism must be established and the mechanism must be provided with a clear mandate. “It is important that the commitments are delivered without delay and that all mechanisms coordinate with each other to ensure the effectiveness of their work,” Amnesty International said. The Government has also been urged to allow a Special Counsel to prosecute suspects at all levels and the Judges should be selected in an open, independent and transparent process.Amnesty also notes that victims of human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including crimes under international law, have a right to full and effective reparation to address the harm they have suffered.It says reparation should seek to be transformative and address the individual, institutional and structural aspects that constitute the cause, contributing factors and/or consequences of violation and abuses. read more

Albouystown man to spend 3 years behind bars for marijuana stash

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related A 28-year-old fisherman who was on Tuesday busted by Police under a bed hugging two bags of marijuana, will now spend three years behind bars after admitting to possession of the illicit substance.Jailed: Shaheed AliAppearing before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, Shaheed Ali admitted that on April 25 at Albouys Street, Albouystown, Georgetown he had in his possession 2.025 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Prosecutor Arvin Moore informed the court that on the day in question, Police acting on information swooped down upon the premises called “Gym Yard” where a search was conducted. Prosecutor Moore related that the man was found hiding under a bed gripping the bags. Ali was then ordered to come out of hiding by a rank, who reportedly seized the said bags and opened it in his presence; revealing a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.The defendant was told of the offence, cautioned, arrested and escorted to the Brickdam Police Station where he was charged with the offence.In court on Thursday, Ali said that he uses the prohibited herb for medicinal purposes when questioned by the Chief Magistrate.He was then ordered to pay a fine of $3,037,500 (triple the street value of the drug) and ushered out of the courtroom. read more