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Deferral On Sri Lanka War Report Granted Due To ‘Likely Availability Of More Information’

In his letter recommending the ‘one-time only’ deferral on the tabling of the OISL (OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka), UNHuman Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has stated that the request was made based on the ‘changing context in Sri Lanka’ and the possibility of new information becoming available for the report following a letter written to him by External Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Mangala Samaraweera -Minister of External Affairs

In his letter to the Council on Friday (13), the Zeid has noted that Minister Samaraweera wrote to him setting out the government’s commitment on advancing reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka including a request for the deferral to the 30th session. Minister Samaraweera has promised to work with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office in “developing” a domestic mechanism.

Emphasizing the ‘changing context in Sri Lanka’ and the ‘signals of broad cooperation he has received from the government’, the Human Rights Chief has asked for the Council to consider approving the requested deferral that he received earlier this week, through which the much-awaited report was postponed to be tabled during the September session.

Read the letters here


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