Amnesty International reiterates call for UN to establish investigation into SL

Amnesty International reiterates call for UN to establish investigation into SL

Amnesty International reiterates call for UN to establish investigation into SL

Written by News 1st

26 Feb, 2014 | 11:52 pm

In a report titled Sri Lanka: Suppressing Calls for Justice,  International Human Rights Watchdog Amnesty International has re-iterated its call for the UN to establish an international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law by all sides in the Sri Lankan conflict.

Amnesty International has called for a credible and independent international investigation into allegations of crimes under international law committed by Sri Lankan government forces and allied armed groups as well as the LTTE.

The organisation also calls for the UN to conduct close ongoing international monitoring of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including of the effectiveness of any domestic accountability processes.

In its report, Amnesty International also calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to publicly acknowledge that attacks, including threats, detention, harassment, intimidation and killings have been committed against journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders, civil society activists and others for exercising their right to freedom of expression.

Furthermore, Amnesty International calls on the Sri Lankan Government to co-operate fully with the UN special procedures mandate holders by responding positively to outstanding requests for invitations to visit Sri Lanka and by providing them with unfettered access.

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