US Ambassador Michele J. Sison on Friday urged Sri Lanka to cooperate with the resolution and the plan laid out for a comprehensive international investigation adopted at the UNHRC on Thursday.
She told a group of media personnel at the American Center that the US encourages Sri Lanka to continue to cooperate with the resolution and to welcome the special-procedures-mandate-holders, who have requested to visit the island.
“The two pending requests by the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances and Special Procedures Mandate Holders for the right of minorities should be prioritized,” she added.
Ambassador Sison also dismissed allegations that the US-backed resolution was ‘against’ Sri Lanka and assured it was undertaken in recognition of the resilience shown by Sri Lankans following years of conflict and their yearning for democracy and prosperity.
She said the adoption of the US-backed resolution titled, “Promoting Reconciliation, accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka”, at the UNHRC on Thursday sends out a clear message to the Sri Lankan Government to take meaningful and concrete steps on reconciliation and accountability.
“It calls upon the SL Government to fulfill its stated obligations to its own people. There are two baskets of issues covered in the resolution; one is the request for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake a comprehensive and independent investigation into the alleged human rights violations committed by both parties during the conflict. The other portion is with regard to the concerns on the situation in Sri Lanka here and now,” the Ambassador said.
She noted specific allegations with reference to the ongoing situation in Sri Lanka and added that the US is deeply concerned about continued attacks, intimidations and detentions of human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists, attacks on religious minorities and religious places of worship as well as the weakening of the rule of law and increasing impunity for illegal actions.
“Violent rhetoric and the encouragement of violent actions only serve to create further disharmony, and hinder reconciliation. We continue to call for an end to such acts of intimidation and for all those detained to be provided due process and granted immediate access to legal counsel,” the Ambassador said.
“We have been vocal in our support of the LLRC report and its recommendations. Moreover, all three resolutions have acknowledged progress made by Sri Lanka since 2009 in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, and resettling the majority of internally displaced persons,” she added.
She highlighted the HRC25/L1/Rev.1 resolution referring to the time period covered by the LLRC for the proposed independent, international investigation on alleged human rights and humanitarian violations in Sri Lanka by both parties.
“The resolution text encourages and does not close the door in any way on domestic mechanism since it even calls for the implementation of LLRC recommendations that have not yet been completed including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra judicial killings, demilitarisation of Northern Sri Lanka, evaluation of detention policies, devolution of power in the north of Sri Lanka, evaluating detention policies and the devolution of power. But it should be noted that not enough has been done to move forward on these recommendations,” she said.
Ambassador Sision also stressed on the importance of enacting the Victim and Witness Protection and Right to Information bills, both called for by the LLRC. (Lakna Paranamanna)
Thank U madam. Any body who is against this resolution is one who is against investigating crimes committed by LTTE as well.
docuk Friday, 28 March 2014 05:38 PM
It would also be nice to see US n Uk practicing what they are preaching to a small country like SL. Why not grab bull by the horn and talk HR issues with Saudi/China/Israel and the likes? Clear signs of double standards! All would agree there are issues in SL but why this rush to punish? Is it fair to have a person of tamil origin looking at topics where tamils are in the heart of the issue? It is like getting a protestant to investigate against the IRA, joke! The Whole UN process has lost the credibility ! Waste of tax payer money
Lalith Unambuwe Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:27 AM
Hay you women! First clear from your sins from Hiroshima to Yeman and Afghanistan,leave this soil before you get departed!
CHC Monday, 31 March 2014 05:24 AM
Oh and how about the staff who work for these boot licking nations? They also boot lick and act unpatriotic !!! Get rid of the western missions.
gunawardena Saturday, 29 March 2014 01:27 PM
Always they need to poke their knose in
Still they do not understand we are a sovereign country.
Suq Madique Saturday, 29 March 2014 07:57 AM
Sounds like a threat...which is exactly the way the US operates.
max Saturday, 29 March 2014 08:04 AM
some sri lankans are very narrow minded and not good readers.usa resolution is to protect human rights of all lankans.punish who made crimes.
SL Friday, 28 March 2014 01:15 PM
some one who never new our suffering is madly wanting us to do what they say. we are waiting till us vanished from the earth
Trueman Saturday, 29 March 2014 09:53 AM
It is absurd to think that I was under the impression that USA is the PLACE on the earth. I want to hammer myself for being so stupid! Bloody America! You wont bring any such resolution against us if we let the murderer Prabha to escape to your damn country!
Bush Friday, 28 March 2014 11:13 PM
Shall we have similar investigations in US and Israel? via DM iPad app
careless man Friday, 28 March 2014 01:45 PM
good move by US and UK we all should thank you. People of this country will benefit from dictator ship and minorities problem
rosebud Friday, 28 March 2014 07:18 PM
What's the hurry? Does your next promotion depend on it? via DM Android App
Ammaa Friday, 28 March 2014 02:05 PM
If the government is good, why worry
dana Friday, 28 March 2014 07:47 PM
send them to Siria, Libia or Iraq not for us. via DM Android App
sootikka Friday, 28 March 2014 07:51 PM
Why dont we have a U N H CR inquiries in Iraq.
kith udugama Friday, 28 March 2014 02:24 PM
Lets do a cavity search first like they did to Indian Diplomat Devyani and get to biz
max Sunday, 30 March 2014 02:33 PM
no other choice.now try best to get light jail term.
unclesam Saturday, 29 March 2014 10:15 AM
Yankee doodle do via DM iPad app
Nalin Friday, 28 March 2014 08:51 PM
no we wont BEND or YIELD to you via DM Android App
man Saturday, 29 March 2014 11:24 AM
Start ur investigation FRM the beginning . World war 1 n 2 Hiroshima Nagasaki Vietnam Iraq Libya Afghanistan Pakistan n many more
ASD Friday, 28 March 2014 05:00 PM
A dog's tail cannot be straightned. via DM Android App
Public Friday, 28 March 2014 09:24 PM
Yankees bully the weak with the help of bootlicking western nations.
PSAM Friday, 28 March 2014 03:58 PM
This hispanic refujee must call for probes on killings in Paksitan,Afghanistan,go to hell,hands off Sri Lanka !
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