SL reconciliation; Explore other avenues- Zeid to Member States

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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called the Human Rights Council to continue to play a critical role in encouraging progress in accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and also calls on Member States to explore other avenues, including the application of universal jurisdiction that could foster accountability.

In his report on "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, which will be held from 26 February to 23 March 2018 in Geneva, the High Commissioner reiterated his appreciation for the constructive engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka with OHCHR and United Nations human rights mechanisms since January 2015.

“However, as he noted in March 2017, this constructive collaboration must be accompanied by the implementation of key commitments. The fulfilment of the transitional justice commitments made under Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 has been virtually stalled for more than a year. Progress with some confidence-building measures has often been insufficient and inconclusive, and the structures set up to coordinate implementation have not consolidated enough or did not receive sufficient political support to move things forward,” he noted.

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/1, the report is an update on progress made in the implementation of resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka during the period from March 2017 to January 2018, in particular with regard to the Government's commitment to put in place transitional justice measures.

In the present update, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights also looks at the general human rights situation in the country, including with respect to accountability.

In statements and reports issued since 2015, the High Commissioner, while expressing concern over the lack of progress on accountability and reforms, was encouraged by the positive improvement of the general human rights situation. However, 2017 was marked by intermittent inter-ethnic tensions and attacks on minorities which are unlikely to dissipate completely, the report said.

"While the Government has managed to steer many of these worrying events in a positive direction, this type of violence in a country that has experienced cycles of extreme violence roughly every 10 years is deeply troubling, particularly when accompanied by hate speech, misinformation and agitation through social media and political manipulation," the report emphasized.

The continuing allegations of torture and surveillance and the lack of sufficient progress in implementing critical confidence-building measures, such as the release of land, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the solution to the pending cases under the Act, have antagonized key constituencies that could be instrumental to the Government's reform efforts, he stated.

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  • Unchikun Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:01 AM

    The fall out of the London fiasco. Our election centric president has to respond,

    persona4paz Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:13 AM

    It is too much to expect from MS, who even does not care for us and care only about himself and the party. We need leaders who think about how prosperous will our country be after a decade and not about which party will rule after two years and the relatives who will be in the higher ups.

    Jude Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:30 AM

    Hey UNHR Commish!! Getta life, getta grip!!! Are you working only on SL when it comes to human Rights!!?

    Yohan Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:48 AM

    Hold on Sir. Here comes the temporary international peace cares comments from SL

    Huna Sunday, 25 February 2018 08:55 AM

    Im sorry but a Saudi national as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is a big joke for me. does he not see the genocide carried out by the Saudi's in Yamen ? did not see him making a single statement regarding that .

    Thanos Sunday, 25 February 2018 12:24 PM

    The irony there is of epic proportions

    truth Sunday, 25 February 2018 04:51 PM

    I think he's from jordan not saudi.

    Naresh yogaretnam Sunday, 25 February 2018 12:44 PM

    UNHCR is wasting it's time. We all know SL will talk and talk but will Never ever implement the proposals. If it ever tries to implement the ruling government will crash. Naresh

    sach Sunday, 25 February 2018 01:02 PM

    This is because RW co sponsored anti Lankan resolution in geneva

    Daniel Sunday, 25 February 2018 03:15 PM

    Diaspora money talking before UNHCHR annual sessions.


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