Welcoming the adoption of a UN Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka asking for a foreign-supervised investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka during the war, Jan Jananayagam, Director of Together Against Genocide [TAG] expressed dismay over Sri Lanka’s (unsuccessful) attempts in informal open consultations during the HRC30 session to wholesale delete from the resolution almost all the key recommendations of the OISL report.
“This has been followed by misleading and aggressive domestic messaging by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) that has already cast doubt on their good intent in carrying out promises made to other HRC members” she said in a media release.
She called on the international community to take into consideration the fact that several promises and agreements that were not kept in relation to resolution of the ethnic conflict.
“We are reminded of Sri Lanka’s long-history of abrogated pacts in relation to resolution of the ethnic conflict there, not least the Bandaranaike-Chelvanayagam pact among others” she said.
Underlining Sri Lanka’s refusal to include the de-militarization of the North and East in the draft resolution proposed by the core group, the TAG Director urged the UN “to continue to monitor and pursue this potentially volatile issue and to take action to prevent a repeat of mass atrocities by the Sri Lankan security services in the future”.
In the context of a background of past UN failures with regard to Sri Lanka, she called on the Human Rights Council to “uncompromisingly pursue the implementation of all the recommendations of the OISL report with a view to preventing continuation/recurrence of the egregious violations outlined therein”.
The full media release is available here: