Investigate human rights violations; UN tells Sri Lanka

Investigate human rights violations; UN tells Sri Lanka

Investigate human rights violations; UN tells Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

28 Jan, 2021 | 8:24 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st): The UN Human Rights Commissioner has made several recommendations to the Sri Lankan government on taking action on matters concerning human rights in the country.

In her annual report, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet called on Sri Lanka to promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigate all allegations of gross human rights violations.

On the same lines, the report urged the government to give the highest priority to ensuring accountability in long-standing emblematic cases.

High Commissioner Bachelet also recommended the government to implement other reforms of the security to strengthen and ensure accountability.

Among the recommendations were to establish a moratorium on the use of the Prevention of Terrorism Act for new arrests until it is replaced by legislation that adheres to international best practices.

The human rights chief also called on the government to establish standard procedures for granting presidential pardons and other forms of clemency.

Meanwhile, the High Commissioner has also recommended the UN Human Rights Council and member states to explore possible targetted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans against credibly alleged perpetrators of grave human rights violations.

The report also urged UN agencies to keep under review Sri Lanka’s contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and screening systems for Sri Lankan personnel.

Human rights chief has recommended the removal of security personnel and public officials credibly implicated of human rights violations in Sri Lanka from office.

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