UN probe findings on Sri Lanka civil war ‘most serious’: Zeid

ECONOMYNEXT – The findings of a UN report into abuses in Sri Lanka’s civil war which ended in 2009 was "most serious" the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said.

The report is to  be made public on Wednesday along with recommendations from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN said.

A copy of the report has already been delivered to Sri Lanka, where a new administration is in power after elections last month.
 
"Its findings are of the most serious nature," Zeid said in Geneva.  "I welcome the vision shown by President (Maithripala) Sirisena since his election in January 2015, and the commitments made by the new Government under his leadership.

"But this Council owes it to Sri Lankans – and to its own credibility – to ensure an accountability process that produces results, decisively moves beyond the failures of the past, and brings the deep institutional changes needed to guarantee non-recurrence."

The US is expected to move a resolution in support of Sri Lanka at the upcoming sessions.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa are in Geneva. (Colombo/Sept14/2015)
 

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