EU to push for UN probe

The European Parliament has decided to push for a UN commission of inquiry into the crimes committed in Sri Lanka during the war.

A resolution agreed upon by the European Parliament on its position at the next UN Human Rights Council session includes its stand on Sri Lanka.

On Sri Lanka, the European Parliament said it will stress on the need to further support efforts to strengthen the accountability process in Sri Lanka and continue to call for the establishment of a UN commission of inquiry into all crimes committed, as recommended by the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka.

The EU will also invite the Sri Lankan Government to send an invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

The UN Human Rights Council will convene in Geneva at the end of this month. The US has already said it will support a resolution on Sri Lanka.