Amnesty: Delay of Key UN Human Rights Report Must Not Herald Further Impunity

by Amnesty International, February 16, 2015

Sri Lanka: Delay of key UN human rights report must not herald further impunity

The decision by the UN Human Rights Council to delay, until September, the release of a key report into widespread human rights violations during the conflict in Sri Lanka must not allow the perpetrators of horrific crimes during the country’s armed conflict to escape punishment, said Amnesty International. 

“Sri Lankan victims of human rights violations deserve truth and justice. Survivors of torture, including sexual abuse, people whose family members were killed or forcibly disappeared have waited a long time for this report,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director.

“A delay is only justifiable if more time will lead to a stronger document and to a concrete commitment by the new Sri Lankan authorities to actively pursue accountability. This includes by co-operating with the UN to investigate conflict-era abuses and bring perpetrators to justice.”

The Human Rights Council must also be vigilant and ensure that all those coming forward to give testimony are protected from any potential threats from those who do not want justice to prevail.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said today “I give my personal, absolute and unshakeable commitment that the report will be published by September” and that he had received a clear commitment from the new Sri Lankan authorities to cooperate on various issues related to the UN investigation.  


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  1. Srivan

    Very good points made out by AI. Not only witness protection but interference with witnesses should be also made a punishable crime. Only then witnesses feel safe to give evidence unlike earlier when even High Court Judge was assaulted with oron rods and hospitalised for speaking up against arbitrariness and interference in the functioning of the Judicial Service Commission and a Magistrate was stoned inside the Court House during a Court hearing, something unheard of in the past while heralding further descent into anarchy.
    A marked change of political culture is needed even at this late stage.