UN HR Chief wants application of universal jurisdiction in SL

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image_1519586132-1b4af21549The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has called on UN Human Rights Council Member States to explore avenues, including the application of universal jurisdiction that could foster accountability in Sri Lanka.  


He also called the Human Rights Council to continue to play a critical role in encouraging progress in accountability and reconciliation in the country.   

In his report on “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, which will be held from 26 February to 23 March 2018 in Geneva, the High Commissioner reiterated his appreciation for the constructive engagement of the Government of Sri Lanka with OHCHR and United Nations human rights mechanisms since January 2015.  “However, as he noted in March 2017, this constructive collaboration must be accompanied by the implementation of key commitments. 


The HC reiterated his appreciation for the constructive engagement of GOSL with OHCHR and UNHR mechanisms since January 2015


The fulfilment of the transitional justice commitments made under Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 has been virtually stalled for more than a year. Progress with some confidence-building measures has often been insufficient and inconclusive, and the structures set up to coordinate implementation have not consolidated enough or did not receive sufficient political support to move things forward,” he noted.