UNHRC Chief stresses on significance of international participation in accountability mechanisms

UNHRC Chief stresses on significance of international participation in accountability mechanisms

Written by Staff Writer

30 Jun, 2016 | 1:23 pm

Presenting his oral update on Sri Lanka at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, UN Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has affirmed that international participation is necessary to guarantee credibility, independence, and impartiality.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweewa, who is also attending the UN Human Rights Council Session, noted that the government is united and firm in its commitment to achieve reconciliation.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also noted that the government has taken some steps towards promoting reconciliation and he is concerned that the government has not moved fast enough, with tangible measures to build confidence among victims and minority communities.

”I remain convinced that international participation in the accountability mechanisms as stipulated in the Human Rights Council’s resolution, would be a necessary guarantee for the credibility, independence, and impartiality of the process in the eyes of the victims; given the magnitude and complexity of the alleged international crimes which the OHCHR investigation found could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity”, added Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Meanwhile Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera noted that reconciliation does not happen at once, overnight, and it requires effort, hard work, commitment and careful continuous concrete action.

The Minister also said that the road ahead is certainly challenging but it is powered by their determination and resolve to achieve reconciliation and the government is united and firm in its commitment to achieve reconciliation, development and ensure non recurrence.

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