Tamil Information Centre
User Name:   
Password:   
  Remember Me  
Sign up  |  Forget password
Home   
Search
    Contact us
War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action, on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was "even more necessary".

Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session, in Geneva, the human rights chief called on Sri Lanka to live up to commitments it had made to the international community.

"I encourage the Government to act on its commitment in Resolution 30/1 to establish transitional justice mechanisms, and to establish a clear timeline and benchmarks for the implementation of these and other commitments," he said.

"This should not be viewed by the Government as a box-ticking exercise to placate the Council, but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people," he said.

"The absence of credible action in Sri Lanka to ensure accountability for alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law makes the exercise of universal jurisdiction even more necessary."

His comments were made in the wake of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Brazil, former military general Jagath Jayasuriya returning to Colombo after human rights groups filed lawsuits, accusing him of overseeing war crimes.

Mr Al Hussein also called on the Sri Lankan government to "swiftly operationalize the Office of Missing Persons and to move faster on other essential confidence building measures, such as release of land occupied by the military, and resolving long-pending cases, registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act".

"I repeat my request for that Act to be replaced with a new law, in line with international human rights standards," he added.

He also noted that the lack of credible action on these important issues had been felt by Tamils on the island. "In the North, protests by victims indicate their growing frustration over the slow pace of reforms," he stated.

The High Commissioner concluded his address by stating: "In the first three years of my current term, the world has grown darker and dangerous. My vision for the work of my Office has become more determined, drawing even more deeply on the lessons which come to us from our forbears: human rights principles are the only way to avoid global war and profound misery and deprivation. In continuing to lead this Office I am inspired by movements of people standing up in many countries in defiance of the indefensible. They seek, not power or personal profit; what they seek is justice".

Source: The Island

 

Share on Facebook


 Latest 25 News/ பிந்திய 25 செய்திகள்:
US quits UN human rights council – 'a cesspool of political bias' Nikki Haley says council is ‘protector of human rights abusers’ that targets Israel in particular and ignores atrocities elsewhere
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Army warns legal action against harbouring absentees, deserters
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Paul Sathiyanesan appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Refugee Week 2018
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Lost in time Second mass grave discovered in Mannar
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
SLHRC to probe Jaffna shooting
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Oman Post has halted mail service to this South Asian country
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
'Clergy in prison must be treated equally'
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Rs.120 Mn spent on 60-member delegation to UN
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Polonnaruwa Inferno ’58 ; 60 Years on...
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan south’s lost ties with south India
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lanka has never had traitors as committed and enthusiastic as current govt - MR
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Five arrested over sword attack in Jaffna, one shot dead
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Seven suspects scanning for hidden LTTE gold nabbed
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Set up separate court to hear cases involving Buddhist Monks: Champika
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Govt. spends Rs.8.3 bn on embassies in 2017: AG
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
UK look to invest in bridges & hospitals in SL
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
If Modi Assassination Plot Letter Is Fake, Indian Democracy Is in for Dangerous Times
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Monday)
Let’s stop spies and subcontractors from hiding behind the law
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Saturday)
Former member of World Tamil Movement, Canada Questions President Maithiripala Sirisena: What Happened To The LTTE Cadres Who Surrendered To The Army At Vadduvakal On May 18, 2009?
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Friday)
ONUR’s ‘Heal the Past Build the Future’ project expanded to 14 districts
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Friday)
Eid Moon Sighted in Maldives, Brunei & Fiji; Crescent Unseen in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Friday)
Disinheriting Adivasis – The Gadchiroli Game Plan: Vidhya A
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Friday)
Let us keep an eye on Uncle Sam
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Crime of the century; 152 million child labourers
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
PARADISE IN CHAOS!!!
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Donate
Support our work to bring rights to life in any way big or small
 Amount:

Donate using PayPal

Select dates to view
past and future events
<<<Jun - 2018>>>
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
     1
2
3
4
5
6
7
89
10111213141516
171819202122
23
24
25
26
27
2829
30
 Stand up for Rights and Justice
Set Noura Free -- sign now!
Read more...
Take Action
Tamil men accuse continuing torture in Sri Lanka Take a stand against torture and urge UN Human Rights commission for human rights to investigate
Urgent: They’re beheading children
Repeal Laws that Entrench Discrimination and Perpetuate Violence
Latest Publication
Armament for Repression: Militarisation of Sri Lanka Conference Report:

Armament for Repression: Militarisation of Sri Lanka

Read more...

Thiruvalluvar
About us
Site Help
Getting in touch
Other
Facebook Youtube twitter
Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions
Copyright © 2018 ticonline.org, All rights reserved.