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Amnesty backs UNHRC reports

Amnesty International points out that Government has made little progress on judicial process regarding war crimes


Amnesty International (AI) has added its voice to the international community’s disappointment at the slow rate of progress in Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation efforts.

In a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, AI welcomed the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka and shared its concerns over the government’s slow progress in establishing meaningful transitional justice measures.

“While some positive steps have been taken by the government, Amnesty International is particularly concerned that the government of Sri Lanka has made no progress on implementing its commitment “to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law”, the letter said.

It added that “As a result of the ongoing failure of the authorities to hold perpetrators to account, including for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, impunity prevails. Amnesty International therefore supports the report’s call for UN member states to investigate and prosecute such crimes wherever possible, including by exercising universal jurisdiction.”

“Amnesty International calls on the government of Sri Lanka to continue engaging with the international community to implement recommendations in the High Commissioner’s report, along with outstanding commitments made in resolution 30/1. In this endeavour, Mr. President, the government of Sri Lanka should cooperate with OHCHR and all relevant stakeholders to develop a time-bound implementation plan.”