UN Human Rights Chief recommends delayed publication of  SL report

UN Human Rights Chief recommends delayed publication of SL report

UN Human Rights Chief recommends delayed publication of SL report

Written by Staff Writer

16 Feb, 2015 | 11:05 pm

Reuters news agency reports that Sri Lanka’s bid to postpone the publication of a United Nations report into alleged war crimes has won the backing of U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

Reuters reports that in a letter to the president of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which set up the investigation in March last year, Zeid recommended delaying publication from next month until the council’s 30th session, which is due to take place in September.

In the letter, Zeid wrote, “My request is based on the changing context in Sri Lanka, and the signals of broad cooperation I have received from the government, as well as the possibility that new information will become available for the report”.

The council will determine the report’s final publication date, although Zeid’s opinion will be influential in its decision.

Reuters also reported that in his request to the Human Rights Council, Zeid appended a letter from Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, which set out reforms that the new government planned to implement within 100 days.

 

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