June 10, Geneva: The United States and the United Kingdom today asked the Sri Lankan government to fully cooperate with the international investigation mandated by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe alleged human rights violation during the Sri Lanka's civil war.
They urged the government to provide access to the investigators and prevent reprisals against the witnesses who would provide information to the investigative team appointed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Addressing the general debate at the 26th session of the UNHRC in Geneva, the U.S. thanked the outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for her work in organizing the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka.
The U.S. said the investigation signals the importance of promoting justice, accountability and reconciliation.
"We urge the Sri Lankan government to cooperate fully with the investigation including granting access to investigators, and preventing retaliation against those who provide information to the High Commissioner's office.
The UK in its address supported the High Commissioner's call for the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate with the international investigation.
"We encourage the Sri Lankan government to facilitate access and ensure those cooperating with the investigation can do so without fear of intimidation or reprisals," the UK said.