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The UN Human Rights Council on Monday agreed to delay the consideration of a long-awaited report into alleged human rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka for six months until September 2015, the Council said in a statement.


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday explained his recommendation to the Human Rights Council to delay the report.


The High Commissioner stressed that the deferral of the report was “for one time only,” and guaranteed that the report would be published by September. His request for deferral was granted by the Council on Monday afternoon.


“This has been a difficult decision,” Zeid said. “There are good arguments for sticking to the original timetable, and there are also strong arguments for deferring the report’s consideration a bit longer, given the changing context in Sri Lanka, and the possibility that important new information may emerge which will strengthen the report.”


“In addition, I have received clear commitments from the new Government of Sri Lanka indicating it is prepared to cooperate with my Office on a whole range of important human rights issues – which the previous Government had absolutely refused to do – and I need to engage with them to ensure those commitments translate into reality.”


The High Commissioner noted that the three distinguished experts,** who were appointed by his predecessor Navi Pillay to advise the investigation, had informed him that, in their unanimous view, a one-off temporary deferral would be the best option to allow space for the new Government to show its willingness to cooperate on human rights issues.


“Taking all this into account, I have therefore decided, on balance, to request more time to allow for a stronger and more comprehensive report,” Zeid.


“I am acutely aware that many victims of human rights violations in Sri Lanka, including those who have bravely come forward to provide information to the inquiry team, might see this is as the first step towards shelving, or diluting, a report they have long feared they would never see. I fully understand those fears and deep anxieties, given the history of failed or obstructed domestic human rights inquiries in Sri Lanka, and the importance of this international investigation being carried out by my team at the UN Human Rights Office.”


“There should be no misunderstanding,” the High Commissioner continued. “I give my personal, absolute and unshakable commitment that the report will be published by September. Like my predecessors, I believe that one of the most important duties of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is to act as a strong voice on behalf of victims. I want this report to have the maximum possible impact in ensuring a genuine and credible process of accountability and reconciliation in which the rights of victims to truth, justice and reparations are finally respected.”
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  • R.Sunthar Tuesday, 17 February 2015 07:55 AM

    Will there be any meaningful action during the interregnum

    kailainathan Tuesday, 17 February 2015 04:23 PM

    Any delayed justice is equal to denied justice too so we will well prepared to that .....

    demel Monday, 16 February 2015 11:35 PM

    Thanks America. via DM Android App

    Maya Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:42 AM

    But, they will require access to the country instead...

    Cheers Tuesday, 17 February 2015 01:12 AM

    Any silly action by this govt giving it to the UN will be a defeat in general election so the current govt knows where they stand

    kannan Tuesday, 17 February 2015 09:48 AM

    I am personally objecting to this decision. Now almost everybody including SL accept the Human rights violation that leads to genocide happened. then why delay. Delay to JUSTICE always Refusal Of Justice.America which is behind of this decision not commissioner,they wanted a change favor of them, but tamilsTNA, too put the soil on their head. The report will disappear later on.Sad

    C. Ratna Tuesday, 17 February 2015 06:20 AM

    Delaying the publication of the report would definitely give the time and space for the current or any future govt to act reasonably and hopefully do justice to all victims of the war .


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