UN to discuss disappearances in Sri Lanka this week

United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary DisappearancesThe UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will discuss disappearances in Sri Lanka this week when it begins meeting for its 33rd session.

The report of the Working Group on Enforced of Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) on its mission to Sri Lanka will be discussed on Thursday during the session in Geneva.

The Government has told the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances that it is studying the recommendations made by the Working Group in its report with a view to their implementation.

In a statement submitted to the UN Human Rights Council to its 33rd session which begins tomorrow, the Government said that it was pleased with the visit to Sri Lanka by WGEID last November.

“The Government of Sri Lanka, formed following the Presidential Elections in January 2015 and Parliamentary Elections in August 2015, is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, strengthening democracy, good governance and the rule of law, reconciliation, and development,” the Government said.

The Government said that it considers its engagement with the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances as an important component of its reconciliation efforts and steps being taken to uphold the human rights of all her citizens. Accordingly, Sri Lanka will continue to stay engaged closely with the Working Group.

“The Government is studying the recommendations made by the Working Group with a view to their implementation, and will continue to provide updates to the Working Group,” the Government said in its submission.

WGEID has noted in its report that overall, the victims of enforced disappearances have very little faith in the justice system, the prosecution services, the police or the armed forces. The chronic pattern of impunity still exists with regard to cases of enforced disappearance and sufficient efforts now need to be made to determine the fate or whereabouts of persons who have disappeared, punish those responsible and guarantee the right to truth and reparation.

The report says any successful initiative must therefore be the result of a broad, inclusive, gendered and participatory consultative process. Any comprehensive policy should address all the enforced disappearances that took place in the country, regardless of the time of the disappearance and without any type of discrimination. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. WHY UN TALK ONLY OF LTTE DEATHS WHEN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT SINHALESE VILLAGERS AND BUS LOADS OF SINHALA BUS TRAVELLERS WERE BRUTALLY KILLED BY THE MURDERERS LTTE OVER PAST 30 YRS BEFORE 2009.IT WAS ONLY RAJAPAKSA GOVT ELIMINATED THE LTTE TAMIL TERRORISM FROM SRI LANKAN SOIL.PL DON’T TRY TO HARRAS OUR GREAT LEADERS,ARMY PERSONNEL ETC JUST TO SATISFY THE LTTE TAMIL TERRORISTS AND THE WEST WHO WERE ANGRY OF THE DEFEAT OF LTTE!!!

  2. Mr Yatawara is living in another planet to talk of the Srilankan judiciary in such high terms. There are 28 mass graves that has not caught the attention of the international human rights groups.Every government from the time of Sirimavo has blatently carried out extra judicial executions.

    • All killed by last regimes who were in power needed to be an inquired by any task forces by locally not that USA and UK foreign powers.
      We want address and redress issue of missing persons are important for every body irrespective of their ethnic roots.

      It does matter their are Tamils ,Muslims or Sinhalese ,that we are seek truth from past Killed human beings by any regime.

      That is the key part of Human Rights of accepts norms by UNO charter.
      We seek fair justice but not who are biggest violated Human rights in world countries like USA and UK.

  3. The UNHRC is agency under the umbrella UNO.
    The very few hands of human rights organization could not undermined Judiciary sovereignty of
    Sri lanka.
    We are not like that Libya Iraq, Afgestain or Yemen or Syria rule by dictators ,but all ours elected members having power to rule country.
    They have right to decided Judiciary sovereignty by ourselves.
    We do not want any foreign white men of judges to that dictated terms and conditions and interfere to ours legal procedures by USA, Western and Indian influences.
    We condemned foreign infiltration to ours independent judiciary system by Human Rights organization by forces.

    All missing persons are mainly accountability by Tamil Terrorist outfit of LTTE and their proxies of TNA is responsible.

    Tamil of TNA are principally an opposed system of ballot oriented Parliamentary democracy.
    The LTTE and TNA of Tamil chauvinist are worked for the bullet oriented Terrorism last 30 years until 2009 May 19th. Terrorism of Tamil and Democracy of majority are different paths of human rights , why is that Human rights of UNHRC cannot demarcated such visible things?

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