UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made a reference to Sri Lanka in his annual report on the work of the UN.
In his report released at the UN Headquarters, the UN Chief says the UN is looking at strengthening its capacity to respond to crisis situations by using a panel report on Sri Lanka as a guide.
The panel report on Sri Lanka was compiled after the UN was accused of failing to immediately address the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka during the war.
“I have engaged the Organization in a reflection on strengthening our own capacity to respond to crisis situations and protect human rights through follow-up to the Internal Review Panel on United Nations action in Sri Lanka,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in his report.
He called on UN Member States to be ready to do their vital part, to muster the will to act in a united manner to end egregious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.
“We cannot allow ourselves to become so accustomed to civilians bearing the brunt of violence that we lose our sense of outrage and our will to act,” he said.
The UN Secretary General said that the normative framework to protect civilians, including the concept of “responsibility to protect” and discussions about “responsibility while protecting”, has continued to be the subject of debate, not always matched by action. (Colombo Gazette)