Three experts to advise UN team’s probe on Sri Lanka

Three experts to advise UN team’s probe on Sri Lanka

Written by Bella Dalima

26 Jun, 2014 | 8:13 pm

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has announced that three experts will advise and support the team that will conduct a probe on Sri Lanka.

This was announced by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary General at the daily press briefing.

Spokesman for the Secretary General Stephane Dujarric expressed these following views:

[quote] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay announced today that three distinguished experts have agreed to advise and support the team to set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. That team, you will recall, was mandated by the Human Rights Council. The investigation will look into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the last years of the armed conflict. The experts are Martti Ahtisaari of Finland, Silvia Cartwright of New Zealand and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan. The experts will play a supportive and advisory role and provide advice and guidance as well as independent verification throughout the investigation. [/quote]

Meanwhile, the United States continues to urge Sri Lanka to co-operate fully with the UN Human Rights Commissioner and the investigation.

Deputy Spokesperson of U.S. State Department, Marie Harf shared these views:

[quote] The United States welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s announcement of the distinguished experts who will advise the panel conducting the international investigation into the alleged human rights violations and related crimes in Sri Lanka, as called for in the March 2014 Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka.

We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner and its investigation. We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its obligations to its own people and to take meaningful, concrete steps to address outstanding concerns related to democratic governance, human rights, reconciliation, justice, and accountability. The United States stands ready to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating progress on these issues. [/quote]



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