SL govt wins six-month delay in publication of UN Human Rights report

SL govt wins six-month delay in publication of UN Human Rights report

SL govt wins six-month delay in publication of UN Human Rights report

Written by Staff Writer

17 Feb, 2015 | 11:25 am

Sri Lanka’s government on Monday won a six-month delay,  in the publication of a report on alleged human rights violations, after the U.N. human rights chief praised its willingness to open the country up to scrutiny.

U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said he had recommended deferral of the team’s report until September, and the president of the Human Rights Council had agreed, given “the changing context in Sri Lanka, and the possibility that important new information may emerge which will strengthen the report.”

Zeid stressed it had been a difficult decision to allow the delay and he vowed not to let wrongdoers off the hook.

A senior official of the U.S. State Department welcomed the move and pledges made by the Sri Lankan government.

In a letter to Zeid seen by Reuters on Monday, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera set out reforms the government planned to implement within 100 days, including ensuring justice for war crimes.

Samaraweera said he had invited Zeid to Sri Lanka, and all media restrictions and blocks on news websites had been lifted.

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