USTPAC Welcomes the Oral Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON, DC – September 25, 2014: The US Tamil Political Action Council (USTPAC) welcomes the 22 September 2014 report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka. USTPAC commends the UN High Commissioner for a robust assessment of the challenges to justice, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka, and strongly supports his recommendations.

We join the High Commissioner in calling on the Government of Sri Lanka to “address (the) many root causes and structural issues that contributed to the conflict, and lay the basis for longer-term reconciliation” while also urging “the Government to end the climate of intimidation, threat and harassment against civil society actors advocating for justice and human rights, as well as incitement to hatred and violence against the country’s Muslim and Christian minorities, which will only undermine the prospects for peace and reconciliation.”
USTPAC remains committed to seeking justice for the grave crimes against humanity that took place during the Sri Lankan conflict and for ending the current abuses that remain to this day. We support the High Commissioner’s strong commitment to justice and accountability, and support all elements of the report fully. more »»


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