Sri Lanka’s failure to account for serious violations of human rights has created a climate of impunity where arbitrary detentions, torture and other ill- treatment, enforced disappearances, and custodial killings continue unchecked, Amnesty International (AI) said in a written statement on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council.
AI says more than three years after the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended, these violations continue to be reported.
The London based human rights group says resolution 19/2 adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on 22 March 2012, was an important development in calling on Sri Lanka to account for serious violations of human rights.
In July 2012, the Sri Lankan government responded with a National Plan of Action (the Plan) which commits to limited implementation of 92 of the LLRC’s 285 recommendations.
“The Plan does not adequately address the need for accountability for serious violations of human rights, and it postpones critical reforms needed for reconciliation by referring them to a Parliamentary Select Committee on constitutional reform that does not yet exist,” Amnesty International said.
AI says UN member states must insist on evidence of concrete changes – not just plans and promises.
“They must reemphasize the need for impartiality in all investigations of alleged crimes under international law. Without international pressure it is almost certain that the Government of Sri Lanka will not seriously investigate or prosecute such crimes,” Amnesty International said.