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Human Rights in Sri Lanka

This statement was submitted by Pax Christi International and was written by Fr. Pancras Jordan OP, Pax Christi, Queensland. It was given at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council of the U.N. General Assembly in March 2017.

In 2014, the Council through resolution 25/1 established an investigation by the High Commissioner into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights during the Sri Lankan war. His report confirmed widespread atrocities to have been committed. It also concluded that Sri Lanka’s institutions do not have the capacity or the independence to implement the necessary security, judicial and political reforms without international participation. In response in 2015, the Council adopted resolution 30/1, cosponsored by Sri Lanka, calling on the government to establish a transitional justice program.

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