A new judicial structure to address HR violations

* Japanese style oversight committees to be established 



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By Zacki Jabbar in Tokyo, Japan


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met members of the Sri Lankan community in Japan at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on Monday. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayke and Science and Technology Minister Susil Premajayanth also attended the meeting.

The government says that it is planning to create a new judicial structure to inquire into human rights violations.


 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the Japanese Parliament on Tuesday, said that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena the national government they had established after the January 9 presidential election and continued after the August 17 parliamentary polls had initiated a series of measures to revive democracy, good governance and the rule of law.


 "Among the steps taken was to enact the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which had resulted in the President’s powers being reduced and Independent Commissions being introduced.


We also intend to enact electoral reforms and establish a new judicial structure to investigate human rights violations," he noted.


 Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Science and Technology Minister Susil Premajaynath were also present on the occasion.  


 Wickremesinghe said that among other reforms would be the creation of Oversight Committees similar to the one in Japan.


Calling on Japan to assist in strengthening human and maritime security and take the lead in addressing climate change, he observed that economic collaboration could be advanced through political synergies.


 Women’s representation at national, provincial and local bodies in Sri Lanka was a mere five per cent even though they outnumbered men, the Prime Minister said, adding that the proposed electoral reforms would increase their representation to 25 per cent.


He said plans were underway to also establish a National Centre for Women.


 After addressing the Japanese Parliament, Wickremesinghe was hosted to lunch by the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary league.


On Tuesday Japan pledged 45 billion Yen to develop the Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake.


The agreement was signed following a meeting between Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.


 This was followed by a dinner hosted in Wickremesinghe’s honour by Abe at his official residence.


 Earlier in the day President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency Shinichi Kitaoka paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.


He also held bilateral meetings with the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Youichi Miyazawa. 


 On Monday Wickremesinghe met the Sri Lankan community at the Imperial Hotel. Also present on the occasion were the Chief Sanganayaka of Japan, Banagala Upatissa Thera, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Science and Technology Minister Susil Premajayanth.


 Among those the Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with during his five day visit were the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi, Vice President of LDP and President of Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary League Masahiko Komura and Japan International Cooperation Agency President Shinichi Kitaoka.


 He also had an audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace yesterday .


 The Sri Lankan delegation included  Maithree Wickremesinghe wife of the Prime Minister, Susil Premajayanth, Prof. Gaganath Dissanayake, R. Paskaralingam, Professor Monte Cassim, Saman Ekanayake, Saman Athaudahetti,  Dr Saj Mendis, Sandra Perera, O.L. Ameerajwad, Ransiri Perera. D.D. Premaratne, G.N. Hasintha, DIG Parakrama Wickramasinghe, Chief Inspector Samantha Abeywickramage, IP Ashoka Ariyawansha and Chief Inspector  P.N. Guruge


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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