Human Rights Council Adopts Landmark Resolution on Sri Lanka

USTPAC calls for speedy implementation of transitional justice mechanism

Washington,DC – (October 2, 2015): The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka yesterday. With the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL), the Report of the High Commissioner and the Resolution in hand, stakeholders must collectively turn their focus toward full implementation of the respective recommendations and provisions.

“Together, the Resolution and UN reports provide a way forward for Sri Lanka to genuinely seek truth, justice and reconciliation following the mass atrocities and crimes against humanity committed before, during and after the war,” said Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, President of the United States Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC). “USTPAC especially welcomes the Human Rights Council’s endorsement to establish a credible judicial mechanism fully capable of prosecuting those most responsible for the magnitude of crimes depicted in the OISL Report.”

“USTPAC joins in victims’ continuous and unequivocal calls for a strong international role in all transitional justice mechanisms. This includes appointing a majority of foreign judges, lawyers,prosecutors and investigators to the justice mechanism as well as robust material, technical and financial assistance from UN entities and Member States. Immediate establishment of an in-country OHCHR office, as recommended by the High Commissioner >>>>..

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Senate Resolution 84 – passed unanimously calling for international investigation.

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