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The UN Human Rights Council defended its move to defer the release of a report into alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war as a ‘very rational’ decision taken in a ‘relatively unique’ case.


According to the PTI, the President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Joachim Rucker on Thursday has said that the decision to defer the release of the report on the human rights violations in Sri Lanka to September was ‘very rational’.


Speaking ahead of the 28th session of the UNHRC, Rucker emphasised that both the stepping down of the Chairperson of the Commission of Enquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, William Schabas and the Lanka report deferral were ‘relatively unique cases’ and warned against drawing conclusions of a general nature about them.


The report, which was earlier scheduled to be released on March 25, was deferred by six months last week, following request by the newly-elected government for more time to conclude its internal probe.


However, the UN move was denounced by the Tamil National Alliance - which expressed dismay over the deferral saying ‘justice delayed is justice denied’.


President Maithripala Sirisena took power last month after defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa who had vehemently resisted cooperation with the UN mandated probe.


Sri Lanka has been subjected to three UNHRC resolutions in 2012, 2013 and 2014 over alleged rights abuses by government troops during the last phase of the three decade-long war with the LTTE in 2009.


In March last year, the 47-member UNHRC adopted a resolution which requested the Office of 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.


The UNHRC is an intergovernmental body within the UN system created by the General Assembly in 2006 to address situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them.
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  • Mick Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:56 AM

    Delay is to hoodwink Sinhalese voters in the forthcoming general election and then go ahead with it. Why probe at all we defeated a brutal terror outfit thus far no further....If a probe is really necessary then hold one on JVP butchery of innocent people in the 80s...

    Cherrs Thursday, 26 February 2015 05:43 PM

    UN has no right of intervention as at the end of the day SL govt took action against a terror outfit where UN did not lease bother to question butchery created by Tamil Tigers

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:26 PM

    Deferring the report is not correct, as many are waiting to know the real truth of crimes and events that happened, immaterial of whether committed by GOSL or LTTE. However, if the GOSL has agreed to allow access to UN investigators entry into the country and collaborate evidence thus making the report accurate, then yes, deferring for six months is ok.


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