UNHRC told to maintain scrutiny on Lanka

UNHRCHuman rights groups, have in a letter to Ambassadors of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged them to maintain the fullest scrutiny of Sri Lanka on questions of justice and accountability.

In the letter, released by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, the human rights groups noted that although it is to be acknowledged that since January Sri Lanka’s government has induced some positive change in easing the abusive human rights climate of the previous Presidency, it must also be recognised that many challenges still remain unaddressed. In the hurry to acknowledge changes, member states of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN as a whole should not let go of the many fundamental challenges that remain.

The human rights groups said the government in Sri Lanka should meet three key tests before September 2015 in demonstrating genuine willingness towards establishing a credible and transparent justice and accountability process.

This includes ensuring that any mechanism created to address wartime abuses is defined through genuine consultations with those affected by violations; one that has their confidence and not one imposed on them from the above. To this end the government should be guided by the advice of UN experts that victims be consulted and involved, and it should announce and implement a convincing framework for such a credible process, within a clear timeframe. Given the track record of past domestic inquiries, any mechanism needs to be international, or at a minimum one with a majority of international judges and prosecutors, in order to guarantee its independence and give greater security to those who participate in it.

The letter said the government must also keep its promise to the UN and fully cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and allow it full access to any new or additional information it may require.

The letter was endorsed by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Conectas Direitos Humanos, Human Rights Law Centre, International Commission of Jurists, International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, International Service for Human Rights and Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. srilanka previous government killed one hundred thousand as terror. it was communal attack violation, it was the enthanic problem ,norway settle the problem on behave of srilanka com munal country ,former president and slibing the worst communal in srilanka from south .they must go to international criminal court,former foreign minister mr G.L peries did the mockery to srilanka he speek under lie to pof pillai,former human right head. then dr dayan jayathaka to the same board,now they are silence. UN must bring justice for poor children dead,mr Rajapaska and his brother mr Gota wanted to Rape all school girls in Jaffna,

    • Tamil Diaspora has only one intention, taking revenge from Sri Lanka as LTTE Campaign they funded using billions of dollars collapsed in 2009. Tamils raped Tamil girls as we saw two incidents during last 4 months. Sri Lanka should be a peaceful country without LTTE problems.

    • Human rights abusers need human rights vultures to keep them in check. When Jagath Dias the alleged war criminal is appointed the chief of the army there is suspicion that the Sirisena regime is no different to the Rajapaksa regime in protecting and promoting the war criminals.

      Pressure is a must on the government and am glad the human rights organisations are doing that

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