Thursday, 16th September 2021

Local think-tank observes country made ‘poor progress’ in rights resolution

Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka has made “poor progress” by implementing only 6 of the 36 commitments it made as part a UNHRC resolution adopted in 2015 to address human rights concerns, a local think tank has said, ahead of the UN body’s review of the island nation’s progress in honouring its pledge. 

In a critique released by the Colombo-based Verite Research, Sri Lanka has partially fulfilled a few commitments such as release of military-held land while showing no progress on majority ones.


Sri Lanka co-sponsored a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution in September 2015 which made it committed to fulfil a range of measures dealing with human rights, accountability and transitional justice.

Critics have accused Sri Lankan government forces of human rights violations during the three-decade-long Tamil separatist conflict that ended in May 2009 with the killing of rebel Tamil Tiger chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The Tamil Tigers were fighting for a separate state for the Tamil minority carved out of the north and east of the Sinhalese-majority island nation.

Recently, it came under international pressure to implement fully the measures identified by the UNHRC after the United Kingdom and Germany tabled a resolution at the UN body in Geneva.

The UN rights office calls for international investigations into alleged war crimes and encourages member states to prosecute Sri Lankans suspected of war crimes in accordance with universal jurisdiction principles.

Four years after co-sponsoring Resolution 30/1, the Sri Lankan government has fulfilled six out of 36 commitments on reconciliation, human rights and accountability, Verite Research said in the critique, released ahead of the UN rights body’s review of progress of the resolution implementation which is to happen later Wednesday in Geneva.

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