EU tells UNHRC to act

“Accountability for past violations must remain high on the Council’s agenda.  Impunity for human rights violations is an unsolvable debt, which, if unaddressed, is transmitted through generations. No country, no society can afford this. This is true in the case of Sri Lanka where accountability must be an essential part of any process of national reconciliation. We believe that the Human Rights Council should engage the authorities to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission, and to engage with the UN on the Report of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Experts,” he said. The European Union (EU) today told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to encourage Sri Lanka to fully implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).The Foreign Minister of Denmark Villy Sovndal, speaking on behalf of the EU at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council today, said that Sri Lanka must also be told to engage with the UN on the Experts Panel report. Meanwhile South Africa commended the Sri Lankan government for its decision to setup an authoritative mechanism to further investigate allegations related to human rights abuses and he encouraged the government to take decisive action upon the findings. South African Deputy Minister of International Relations Marius Fransman, told the Council during the session today that his government has also noted the release of the LLRC report and its positive recommendations.

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