Asia Director for Human Rights Watch Brad Adams has observed that UN investigation is the real hope for justice to victims of atrocities by both sides during the Sri Lanka’s long civil war.
In its 65-page report, Human Rights Watch documented extensive surveillance in ethnic Tamil majority areas in the north, detention of activists, and shutting down of workshops organized in the south to train journalists from the north.
Adams added that the Rajapaksa government’s resettlement and reconstruction of affected communities in the post-conflict years has been seriously marred by oppression of the Tamil population.
He stressed that the new government has the responsibility to set Sri Lanka on the long road to ensure justice and rights for everyone, particularly minorities and critics of the government.
The report also stressed that the new government, elected in January 2015, should order investigations into arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, and killings since the final military operations in 2009.
The HRW urged Sri Lanka’s new government to cooperate with the UN investigation and act to end the previous “hostility to justice.”