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The UN report on Sri Lanka has identified ‘patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict’, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said a short while ago as the much awaited report on Sri Lanka was made publicly available.

The OISL was mandated at the UNHRC in March 2014 through US Sponsored resolution 25/1, which requested 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 covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders.’

While the investigation was carried out by a group of OHCHR staff, the HC also appointed three experts including former Presidnet of Finland - Martti Ahtisaari, Former High Court Judge of New Zealand - Silvia Cartwright and former President of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Asma Jahangir, to play a supportive and advisory role and to provide independent verification throughout the investigation.

The recommendations of the OISL report included a call for a hybrid court to address war crimes committed by both sides of the conflict. However, the report hasn’t cited names of any particular individual responsible for crimes. Follow up criminal inquiry was required to understand individual criminal responsibilities clearly, the report further said.

The report can be accessed at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx (Lakna Paranamanna)


  Comments - 23

  • pady Wednesday, 16 September 2015 07:08 PM

    UN only job following our issues ..or creating issue.

    Ramola Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:26 PM

    So are we to be a bunch of puppets and do as the double standards UN says? Saudi Arabia kills more people than Al Qaeda with drone strikes in Yemen but the UN turns a blind eye. Only puppets get bullied.

    Sapu Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:28 PM

    I am sure that the current govt will make sure that all victims of the war will be compensated and will stop land grabbing and making Hotels on Tamil civilian lands

    Gemba Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:50 PM

    We need to take up Aluthgama incident also, Sri Lanka a country for communal violance.

    Sapu Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:54 PM

    Not every solider is a criminal a few soldiers who commited crimes should be punished but others are heroes

    Abdul Wednesday, 16 September 2015 02:56 PM

    This is the result of wrong approach and broken promises of previous government.

    Laxman Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:35 PM

    Why the army cannot violate ceasefire? Weapons were sent home? Both same! Be honest to ourselves.

    Lalit Mallawarachchige Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:03 PM

    It is possible that this word "hybrid" is a euphemism for "kangaroo". Mangala beware.

    Yan Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:06 PM

    I think independent inquiry is the best solution for SL ethnic problem....

    Sene Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:12 PM

    We are not a puppet of Chinese money anymore

    Ram Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:18 PM

    The Report is questionable as 2002 to 2004/05 was ceasefire time. If there were violations they were by LTTE

    sumanadasa Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:24 PM

    Yes, the efforts of reconciliation will become useless an independent inquiry is completed and those who have committed crimes against humanity were punished. This will also ensure credibility and the recognition of the rule of law in our country. Also more UN opportunities for our armed forces.

    Sana Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:33 PM

    Careful what you wish for...the perpetrators are yahapalana ministers. LOL

    Sarwan Wednesday, 16 September 2015 03:53 PM

    Do not compare the devil in Saudi Arabia and say that the devil in SL is alright. A country does not become a puppet when it agrees to see the truth not yet revealed

    raj Wednesday, 16 September 2015 09:34 PM

    If Singhalese political leaders really care about their soldiers, they would not have let their soldiers to committ war crimes. Now it is too late.

    Nadeesha Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:12 PM

    A national problem has been internationalized because of selfish politicians.

    DK Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:24 PM

    Bring bank silent heroes who ended the war especially the likes of Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama!

    Joseph Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:30 PM

    Quite agree. I believe this government will act in the best interest of the country and resolve the matter diplomatically

    lara Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:32 PM

    UN , i am happy about your concern about humanity. We just entered to new era of development . I am sure this motivated many powers who wanted share of our strategic location. My only worry is why you do not do the same things to Israel for killing thousands of children......do this and then come

    lionheart Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:44 PM

    so will the indian IPKF be charged for war crimes too? will they have to face it?

    Sapu Wednesday, 16 September 2015 04:55 PM

    It was MR who invited UN to investigate

    Sunil Wednesday, 16 September 2015 05:12 PM

    these are double standards. all lies, this report should be rejected by sri lanka

    Premalal Wednesday, 16 September 2015 06:14 PM

    There is no Tamil land or Sinhalese land. It is land.

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