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* UN High Commissioner reiterates call for UNHRC to set up international inquiry into Sri Lanka
Thu, Mar 6, 2014, 10:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today reiterated her call for the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish its own international inquiry mechanism into Sri Lanka.

Presenting her final annual report as High Commissioner for Human Rights to the 25th session of UNHRC in Geneva Thursday, Pillay said the nearly five years after the end of the conflict, the Sri Lankan Government has failed to satisfy the Council's call for a credible and independent investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations.

"I therefore recommend that the time has come for the Council to establish its own international inquiry mechanism which I believe can play a positive role where domestic mechanisms have failed," she said.

The Commissioner, whose term ends in September this year, said her office accomplished much in 2013 and one of the most notable developments during her term has been the strong reaffirmation of human rights as one of the three pillars of the United Nations system, together with peace and security, and development.

The report of the Secretary-General's Internal Review Panel on UN action in Sri Lanka reaffirmed this bedrock foundation, she said

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