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UN learned from Lanka's war

2013 Dec 17

UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon says the UN had learned from the war in Sri Lanka and as a result an action plan has been put in place to ensure a similar situation does not occur in any other country.

Speaking at his year end press briefing at the UN Headquarters on Monday, the UN Chief said that a ‘Rights Up Front Action Plan’ which has now been introduced is based on what a UN Panel of Experts learned from the situation in Sri Lanka.

“As you know, I established a Panel of Experts and the Panel of Experts requested me to see whether the United Nations had done all… addressed properly. We had a very serious internal review. As a result of this we established this very important action plan. Of course, this Rights Up Front Action Plan is not aiming at any particular country or any particular case. This will be used for all countries and all cases, all situations, he said.

The UN Chief said that the action plan has been submitted to the UN General Assembly with his strong recommendation and the President of the General Assembly has circulated it to the Member States to be used as a sort of guideline to protect human rights, and prevent any further possible human rights violations in any cases.

“I am very firm. We discussed this matter even this morning among our senior advisers,” Ban ki-moon said. (Colombo Gazette)

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