Chief Justice Mohan Peiris says no one in Sri Lanka needs to be taught human rights as all are born with it.
Speaking at the opening of a new court in Anuradhapura today to deal with pending cases of several former LTTE detainees, the Chief Justice said that the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was not created owing to international pressure.
He said that Sri Lankans respect human rights as they are born with it and so do not need to be told to protect it.
Peiris said that the LLRC was mandated on the concept of restorative justice in contrast to retributive justice.
He also said that the law will be a dead letter if people don’t respect laws. The Chief Justice says the judiciary needs to win the confidence of the people.
Peiris also noted that what’s right and what’s wrong should be first taught at home and then it will spread in society. (Colombo Gazette)