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Pillay seeks UNHRC probe on SL

2014 Mar 08

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay today urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to establish its own international inquiry mechanism on Sri Lanka.

Making a statement after presenting her annual report to the Council during its 25th session today, Pillay said that nearly five years on from the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, she regrets to note that the Government has failed to satisfy the Council’s call for a credible and independent investigation into allegations of serious human rights violations.

“I therefore recommend that the time has come for the Council to establish its own international inquiry mechanism which I believe can play a positive role where domestic mechanisms have failed,” Pillay said.

She also said that one of the most notable developments during her term has been the strong reaffirmation of human rights as one of the three pillars of the United Nations system, together with peace and security, and development.

Pillay said the report of the Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations action in Sri Lanka, as well as the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination reaffirmed this bedrock foundation.

She said the Secretary-General’s “Rights Up Front” plan of action contains critical recommendations for the whole system to be more responsive in preventing and addressing human rights violations.

Pillay said her office is committed to ensuring follow-up to the Plan of Action, which, if sincerely and collectively implemented, will contribute very significantly to promoting peace and security and development around the world.

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