Tamil Diplomat

Lack of transparency has led victims and human rights defenders to express frustration: Amnesty International accuses

Amnesty International, in a written statement to the 33rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins this week, says slow progress in delivering on many aspects of the ambitious agenda of the government coupled with lack of transparency has led some victims and human rights defenders to express frustration.

The human rights group says that most crimes under international law allegedly committed before, during, and after Sri Lanka’s protracted armed conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended in 2009, remain uninvestigated and unpunished.

“As a co-sponsor of the resolution, Sri Lanka promised to establish mechanisms to deliver justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, in line with the recommendations of the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL),” it said.