PT: Missing Accountability for War Crimes

by Pasumai Thaayagam, Chennai, July 2018

PT-MISSING ACCOUNTABILITY-SriLanka-VNR

Delivered to UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), 09 to 18 July 2018, New York.

SUMMARY

The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has submitted the Report of Sri Lanka Voluntary National
Review (VNR) on 18 June 2018. The report will be presented at the HLPF on 17 July 2018.
The Report has blocked out the entire UNHRC process and information related to UNHRC
resolution 30/1.

The GoSL is going to present the report during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable
Development (HLPF), at UN Headquarters in New York on 17th July 2018. The VNR is a
critical component of the review and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

Through the resolutions 30/1 and 34/1 – the Government of Sri Lanka accepted 25 key
commitments comprising of four Transitional Justice mechanisms – an accountability
mechanism, truth-seeking, reparation programmes and institutional reforms. We strongly believe
that these transitional justice commitments are inalienable part of Sri Lanka’s Sustainable
Development Agenda 2030.

Without transitional justice, the sustainable development agenda could not be achieved in Sri
Lanka.

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