Lack of progress in SL: UN could use universal jurisdiction

2018-03-08 01:34:08

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Al-Hussein yesterday said he was alarmed by recent violent incidents in Sri Lanka and said he would encourage UN Member States to explore the use of universal jurisdiction in the absence of progress in accountability and transitional justice in Sri Lanka.

In his annual report and oral update to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council on the activities of his office and recent human rights developments, Prince Zeid said there should be no impunity, either for the incitement that led to the attacks, or the attacks themselves.

"In Sri Lanka, I am very alarmed by recurring and continuing episodes of mob violence targeting ethnic and religious minorities, particularly Muslims, including the most recently in Ampara and in several locations in the Kandy District, leading to the declaration of a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days,” he said.

He said he has repeatedly urged the Sri Lanka Government to advance its implementation of the transitional justice agenda.

"I regret the absence of meaningful progress. It is urgent, for the sake of the victims, that progress be made on accountability and transitional justice. In the absence of such progress I would encourage Member States to explore the use of universal jurisdiction. The Council will be fully briefed in this regard on March 21,” he said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 35

  • Hubert Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:25

    I appeal to UN to intervene decisively Sri Lankan need to be governed by civilized world law is not applicable equally

    Reply : 35       58

    malik Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:30

    They are now trying to link the incidents in kandy to the Brutal Civil war. totally different incidents. Typical

    Reply : 31       21

    Ajith Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:27

    I think now the Tamil diaspora doesn't have to pursue for the separate state, the extremists in the south will automatically deliver them with their actions.

    Reply : 11       79

    sphkl Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:29

    Use it in the USA why us idiot let the poeple of this country handle it ..u peopel are waiting for such issues to do what u did in Middle east. MIND YOUR BUSINESS

    Reply : 66       43

    Sri Wickrema Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:57

    "Let the people of this country handle it" Sure. We are experiencing it right now.

    Reply : 9       23

    SL Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:29

    First kill a Sinhalese by a Muslim,ignite the anger ,UN session is just week ahead? is there nothing unusual?

    Reply : 34       27

    Mig Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:14

    It was just an incident, how many incidents of that sort have happened? you cant sabotage an entire community based on one incident! how barbaric is that! A 10 year old boy was raped and murded recently , did the people act in a similar manner and burn all the houses nearby?

    Reply : 3       50

    Rasheed Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:27

    Few people like SL is the root cause for this situation. Do not behave like Barbarians. Well said MIg

    Reply : 4       24

    Irfan Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:34

    Great publicity for sri lanka. Just what we needed. Thanks to all the morons who started these clashes

    Reply : 5       74

    Rd Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:36

    Unless taken to task , you cannot achieve the target.We are brought up that way.

    Reply : 1       34

    SL Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:40

    so innocent keep weapon to shoot ,from where they've brought weapons .Saudi?

    Reply : 36       16

    Jeyakumar Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:41

    Let's remember, Prince Zeid Al-Hussein has not been influenced by the Tamil diaspora or any Western country. He had visited and witnessed what is going in our country. You leaders! stop trumpeting of January 8th of 2015 people's verdict and start finding genuine answers.

    Reply : 11       72

    mnsmart Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:13

    spot on mate

    Reply : 4       17

    A. K. Adwani Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:43

    Outside or Inside we do not have sufficient armed forces to provide security to this small island this is the fact and the claim that we won the war is a hoax except Indian support and revenge for the killing of Rajiv by the Indian Intelligence and the indian government.

    Reply : 26       25

    Jaliya Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:55

    Dumbo Adwani, Be real. We don't need any armed forces in SL. What we need here is a Judiciary system at least closer to developed nations and equal law and order to every single person disrespect of their political influence or ethnic background....along with a disciplined police force who can enforce the laws. I don't see that is in the horizon as long as these buffoons are in-charged. We need an international industrialized nation as our governing body to restore civilization.

    Reply : 2       30

    Patriot Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:35

    Christian Traitor like Jaliya will be happy to hand over our country to his white Christian masters.You have the knowledge of an English speaking Three Wheel Driver.

    Reply : 22       8

    Lord Wolfstein Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:07

    Dear Patriot. It seems like racism has clouded your brain so that you do not recognize the truth. Ensuring a peaceful coexistence of ethnic communities requires an efficient legal system and the resolution of war crimes. What does that have to do with the Christian religion?

    Reply : 2       21

    Jaliya Thursday, 8 March 2018 16:23

    Patriot, We can find individuals like you in every street corner usually for a penny and a half. Those who call themselves patriots are more likely to be hypocrites uncultured and dishonest people .. my religion has no bearing to how I view everyday events and opinionate them in public domain.

    Reply : 3       8

    RAW Thursday, 8 March 2018 07:58

    Who weaponized minorities ? In Kandy they enjoy with shooting.

    Reply : 35       22

    fuz Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:25

    Why elaborate it in detail? Who are these weaponized minority, the morons who run havoc by looting and then destroying houses n businesses at their own will? You seems to be still dizzy after the RAW shots.

    Reply : 4       25

    nihal Jayaweera Thursday, 8 March 2018 08:58

    Unfortunately these things happened everywhere in the world but he is worried only about SL , what a biased Commissioner...

    Reply : 25       14

    Akhila Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:04

    Shouldn’t they be looking at Syria and all other countries going through similar situations? Or are they paid well by the Americans to look the other way?

    Reply : 14       14

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:15

    Though Buddhism was given to the Sinhalese by India, it has not civilized them. Therefore the International Community and UN need to intervene and force them to be "civilized".

    Reply : 12       30

    upali Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:26

    Stop air raids in Syria. Its muslims killing muslims.

    Reply : 17       12

    razeel Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:48

    it's not Muslims killing Muslims.It's what you hear through news media of West.But America is killing Muslims this ia the truth.Just see how much the support President has from public in YouTube.It's for petro dollar agreement illumunati agenda. ISIS leader Abu BAKR AL BAGDHADHI IS SIMON ELIOT a mossad agent of Israel even Osama bin Laden is TIM OSMAN A CIA OPERATIVE who still alive in Bahamas

    Reply : 8       11

    lankan Thursday, 8 March 2018 11:07

    that's not mean that you have to kill Muslim.

    Reply : 0       6

    Huna Thursday, 8 March 2018 09:27

    Be aware of the so called the "Kingdom in the middle east" they use situations like this to arm and train Wahhabi terrorist in South Asian countries .Burma is one good example for this .

    Reply : 17       11

    Mohamed Husam Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:04

    Dear Gentlemen i think we can handle our country.

    Reply : 15       10

    M.Hade Sharef Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:28


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    Sangaralingham Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:30

    It is good and normal media help the world with a coming tourists take home what a society we live In. Morally depraved but expecting all the good things. Public at large totally irresponsible helping status quo but fear the do called new may create more dangerous socoiety. Wise must come to correct the social evils of the land

    Reply : 1       6

    chandu Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:38

    Hey Buffoloa Citizen can you name any such civilized state in existence

    Reply : 11       4

    J R Rajasinghe Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:01

    I think he is referring to Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. These are the countries the so called international community with the blessings of the UN intervened to make the those countries civilized.

    Reply : 1       4

    VJ Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:54

    A former president and presently representing the people in parliament is waiting for a request from the government to help restore calm. Towns are burning, mobs on a rampage destroying properties, several people killed, and here is a man trying to earn political mileage. Why blame people outside the country?

    Reply : 1       8

    Ali Thursday, 8 March 2018 10:56

    Better go

    Reply : 1       4

    Nimal Tissa Wijetunga Thursday, 8 March 2018 17:19

    We are very much capable of handling our internal matters so as we annihilate LTTE Terrorism.Do not interfere with our internal matters as you have no right to threaten us under any circumstances.If you do not happy with any matter with us, you can go to hell rather than interfering with internal matters of a member country.

    Reply : 7       5

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