Mar 11, Colombo: The United Nations has again requested Sri Lanka to establish a hybrid court consisting of international judges, lawyers and investigators to probe war crimes allegations and crimes against humanity.
The Annual Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sri Lanka presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at its 40th session in Geneva by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet last week recommended the government to Adopt legislation establishing a hybrid court to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law and violations of international humanitarian law.
The High Commissioner in her report on "Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka" recommended the government to prepare a comprehensive strategy on transitional justice, with a time-bound plan to implement the pending commitments made within the context of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 and the recommendations made in the present and previous reports of the High Commissioner submitted to the Council.
With regard to legislation and justice, the High Commissioner recommended that the Government promptly investigate and prosecute all allegations of torture and other gross human rights violations, and give the highest priority to long-standing emblematic cases so as to regain public confidence in the justice system.
The High Commissioner recommended the Government to Invite OHCHR to establish a full-fledged country office to monitor the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, to advise on the implementation of the recommendations made by the High Commissioner, the Human Rights Council and other human rights mechanisms, and to provide technical assistance.
In the present report, the OHCHR assessed the progress made by Sri Lanka in the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, between October 2015 and January 2019.
It identifies the challenges faced in the operationalization of the reconciliation and accountability agenda to which the Government of Sri Lanka committed under resolution 30/1.
The High Commissioner called upon the Government to demonstrate sustained commitment and leadership to move that agenda forward, and urged the Council to continue to monitor and its engagement in developments in Sri Lanka.
Full report presented by the OHCHR to UNHRC session on Sri Lanka