UNHR High Commissioner makes key observations on Lanka’s journey towards reconciliation

UNHR High Commissioner makes key observations on Lanka’s journey towards reconciliation

UNHR High Commissioner makes key observations on Lanka’s journey towards reconciliation

Written by Staff Writer

11 Mar, 2016 | 10:20 pm

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, making a statement to the Human Rights Council’s 31st session, commented on Sri Lanka’s journey towards reconciliation.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that there are important lessons in this respect for Sri Lanka, which is on its own journey towards accountability, reconciliation and durable peace. He added that important steps have been taken to reform the constitution, revive independent institutions, and restore an environment for free expression and debate.

He went on to note that powerful symbolic gestures of reconciliation have been made, for instance singing the national anthem in Tamil – although other steps, such as the release of land held by the military, reviewing the cases of security detainees, and resolving the issue of disappearances, need to move forward, faster.

Speaking further, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that the next months will be important, as the government embarks on national consultations for the design of a comprehensive transitional justice process to implement fully this council’s resolution. And it will be very important that this takes place in an environment free of surveillance and intimidation, so that the voices of victims can be heard.

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