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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 6.39 GMT
'Amendments will strengthen Human Rights Commission'


Amendments will be made to the Human Rights Commission Act paying special attention to several factors including delays involved in the implementation of Commission recommendations, Sri Lanka Human Rights Commissioner Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.

The proposed amendments to the Human Rights Commission Act of 1996 would be formulated and submitted for Cabinet approval, Mahanamahewa said. Under the present Act almost 90 percent of the decisions made by the Commission are being implemented at present but the prolonged strategy to be adopted to get the balance implemented was a little problematic, he said.

The proposed amendments would further strengthen the Human Rights Commission and give it more teeth enabling it to call explanations for failure to implement recommendations made by it and enforce implementation in equal status as a High Court order.

Provision would also be made to consider further failure of implementation as defamatory of court and order arrest.

Courtesy : Daily News






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