Feb 28, Washington, DC: The Sri Lankan government's failure to answer the basic demands for accountability and reconciliation has led the United States to sponsor another resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the US Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Releasing the 2013 Annual Country Report on Human Rights Thursday, Kerry said the government still has not answered basic demands for accountability and reconciliation and attacks on civil society activists, journalists, and religious minorities, still continue.
"Our concern about this ongoing situation has led the United States to support another UN Human Rights Council resolution at the March session," the US official said.
The 2013 report on Sri Lanka accused that the Sri Lankan security forces committed human rights abuses during the last stages of the war.
The report said there was no significant progress made with regard to the thousands of disappearances from past years.
"The government did not publish the results of any investigations into disappearances, nor did it publish information on any investigations, indictments, or convictions of anyone involved in cases related to disappearances," it noted.
Kerry said growing number of countries are cracking down on civil society and restricting the freedoms of association and peaceful assembly and in Sri Lanka attacks against activists and journalists contributed to an environment of fear and self-censorship.
The Secretary said the US will speak out for the rights of the people where they cannot stand up for themselves.
"And so the United States of America will continue to speak out, without a hint of arrogance or apology, on behalf of people who stand up for their universal rights. And we will stand up in many cases for those who are deprived of the opportunity to be able to stand up for themselves," he said.