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Wickremesinghe to receive honorary doctorate for ‘ensuring accountability’

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has received an honorary doctorate from Deakin University in Australia for his efforts in post-war reconciliation on the island.

"Mr. Wickremesinghe has emphasized the need for reconciliation, whilst ensuring accountability, and enabled groups riven by conflict to find common ground in a more hopeful future," said a university spokesperson.

He is also set to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic ties.

Meanwhile, a petition has called on all Australian leaders from the John Howard era to also be investigated for crimes against humanity in the treatment of asylum seekers – including refugees from Sri Lanka.