Ban tells Lanka to cooperate with OHCHR

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The UN Chief has said this in a report submitted to the UN Security Council on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.

On Sri Lanka, Ban Ki-moon said he welcomed the recent decision of the UN Human Rights Council to call upon Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations contained in the report of the LLRC and to take all additional steps necessary to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all  Sri Lankans.

“I encourage Sri Lanka to cooperate with OHCHR and the Human Rights Council’s special procedures in this regard,” the UN Chief said.

A delegation from OHCHR has already written to the External Affairs Ministry seeking a visit to the country next month.

Separately in the report he was encouraged by the freedom of access given to humanitarian agencies in the north after the war.

“I also welcome the fact that in Sri Lanka, security clearances are no longer required for movement by humanitarian actors in the Northern Province,” he said.

During and soon after the military operations restrictions were imposed on humanitarian agencies travelling to the north. (Colombo Gazette)