UN resolution on Sri Lanka ‘victory for victims’: Human Rights Watch

The recently passed resolution on Sri Lanka that calls for reconciliation, justice, and accountability, is a “victory for victims” of the past crimes to help them, said Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Mar 27, 2021
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The recently passed resolution on Sri Lanka that calls for reconciliation, justice, and accountability, is a “victory for victims” of the past crimes to help them, said Human Rights Watch (HRW). 

The resolution also calls for enhanced monitoring of human rights of situation and collecting, preserving evidence to fix future accountability. In a statement, HRW also urged the UN and member countries to make sure that Sri Lanka faces consequences if it harasses human rights activists who supported the resolution. 

“The Human Rights Council’s landmark resolution on Sri Lanka shows that if justice is denied, the UN will act to provide accountability for atrocities,” John Fisher, HRW Geneva director, was quoted as saying by Colombo page. 

After years of denial, and barely any progress in prosecuting those who had committed war crimes, HRW said, the resolution brings justice closer to victims. 
 
Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in its January report highlighted the deteriorating situation of human rights in the country and warned against possible future violations.

HRW also called for targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for the war crimes. 

The Sri Lankan government has called the resolution “politically motivated”, and the UNHRC acted beyond its mandate. It said the provisions included in the resolution could not be implemented without cooperation from the government.  

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