Government tells OHCHR will respond to report

Ravina ShamdasaniThe Government has informed the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that it will respond to the investigations report which is to be released tomorrow.

The report was handed over to the Government on Friday and the Government had time till tomorrow to submit its formal response to be annexed with the report which will be posted online.

“The Government has told us that they will respond to the report,” Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein told the Colombo Gazette.

The report of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated investigation on Sri Lanka will be made publicly available tomorrow. The report will then be posted online.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference in Geneva to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward.

The OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka was mandated by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 25/1 in March 2014.

The resolution requested the High Commissioner to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders.” (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam