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Withdrawal from UN Resolution: AI calls for int’l accountability mechanism

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Following Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from the UN Resolution, the Amnesty International (AI) today called on the Human Rights Council to establish an international accountability mechanism.

In a statement, the AI said an international accountability mechanism needed to ensure the victims of decades-long conflict get the justice that is owed to them.

Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, South Asia Researcher at Amnesty International, said Sri Lanka’s decision to go back on its commitments to the Human Rights Council requires a robust response by the Council, including steps towards the creation of an accountability mechanism to ensure the victims of the nearly three-decade long conflict get the justice that is owed to them. 

In a statement, the AI said the new Sri Lankan Government has said it will pursue a national effort to achieve sustainable peace through an inclusive, domestically designed and executed reconciliation and accountability process.

“Sri Lanka has a long history of failed domestic accountability mechanisms. Their successive failures have bitterly disappointed victims of human rights abuses and violations, many of whom have waited years for an outcome that has failed to materialize. They need an international mechanism that is both trusted and can be effective,” Ruwanpathirana said.

“The limited but significant gains made in recent years are at risk of being rolled back, even as we see space shrinking for civil society in Sri Lanka over recent months,” she said.

The AI said it has documented several cases of harassment, intimidation and attacks on human rights organizations, media outlets and journalists in Sri Lanka in January and February 2020.

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  • CHULANI Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:29 PM

    kick the fake ---HRW ---out of Sri Lanka.....

    Bobby Pereira Friday, 28 February 2020 06:45 AM

    Go to hell double standard HRW. When the West go around the world blatantly violate every right of human beings you keep your mouth shut while the tail is under the legs. We didn't go anywhere. We only liberated our own country from a brutal megalomaniac called Prabhakaran. Ruwanpathirana woman, if you have no means of feeding yourself, go beg in the street.

    GOD Friday, 28 February 2020 07:34 AM

    establish an international accountability mechanism, if not now, will be never!

    Jude Friday, 28 February 2020 09:45 AM

    AI protecting BIGGEST human rights violators in the WORLD !!! But AI wants to peanalize SL for the Wipedout of ruthless terrorists from SL soil !!!

    Jude Friday, 28 February 2020 09:48 AM

    What happened in 2009 final phase, is Collateral Damage !!! Period!! Yeah!!

    S B Lokuge Friday, 28 February 2020 10:36 AM

    All these resolutions show how important Sri Lanka is to the crooked major powers. The US tried to put5 their boot on the Sri Lanka soil with the proposed SOFA and MCC. What idiot believes the US wants to give $480 million to help Sri Lanka? From their actions it is obvious the US wants to bully Sri Lanka to set up a base in Sri Lanka. What right the Brits and the Yanks have to talk about alleged war crimes of other countries when they are the biggest war criminals in the world.

    nihal Jinadasa Friday, 28 February 2020 11:14 AM

    Hello Ruwan Mam, Read today's Island Editorial before preaching HR. Nihal J

    Kesalgedi Friday, 28 February 2020 11:55 AM

    Banana Republic. Oh God save this island. We are drifting towards disaster.

    vince Friday, 28 February 2020 01:02 PM

    what a load claptrap. you need serious help.

    vince Friday, 28 February 2020 01:03 PM

    Shame HRW guardians of terrorists and scumbags don't apply the same to Israel

    Sheri Friday, 28 February 2020 01:56 PM

    Who the hell is this woman?


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