May 20, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government should comply with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution creating an international investigation into allegations of human right violations during the three-decade long war against terrorists, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
The New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement Monday that the Sri Lankan government for five long years after the ending the war failed to investigate the alleged war crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.
"The Sri Lankan government denounced the Human Rights Council resolution, yet for five long years it has failed to act on its promises to investigate and bring to justice wartime atrocities," said Brad Adams, Asia director of HRW.
"The government should finally accept the council's vote and assist the investigation, which represents the best hope yet for victims awaiting justice," he added.
The HRW said the government resisted taking meaningful steps to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes by government forces and the LTTE as recommended by Human Rights Council resolutions in 2012 and 2013.
The resolution adopted in 2014 requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to undertake a comprehensive independent investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka, during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
"This is the third council resolution on Sri Lanka in three years and reflects the impatience of the international community to see justice done," Adams said. "The resolution is not only a huge step forward for conflict-era accountability, but it also acknowledges that ongoing abuses need to stop."
Sri Lanka has rejected the UN resolution saying that the politicized agenda of the resolution calling for an international investigation will only impede the delicate balance of the ongoing process of reconciliation in the country, as well as the constructive engagement Sri Lanka has continued to maintain with the UNHRC.