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24 Congress members express concerns over SL’s lack of political will

24 Congress members express concerns over SL’s lack of political will

US Congress members have expressed grave concerns about Sri Lanka’s lack of “political will and ability” to implement the United Nations Council Resolution on accountability and justice that was co-sponsored by the government last year. They expressed their concerns in a letter addressed to the US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The letter states:

“We call for the release of hundreds of detainees under the PTA, the return of land held by military to Tamil and Muslim civilian owners, investigations into the tens of thousands of forcibly disappeared people, the safe return of internally displaced (IDPs), and the removal of the military from civilian affairs in the North and East.

Confidence has been damaged by the tight and often intimidating surveillance of Tamil civil society and activists by military and pole, and by unwarranted arrests. The design of the OMP also lacked genuine consultation with victims families, undermining confidence among victims groups and civil society.”


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