UN Human Rights Chief has urged the Sri Lankan authorities to consult deeply with the victims in formulating a mechanism that would lay the foundations for a lasting peace and reconciliation and to ensure that failures of the past are not repeated.
In his annual report, which was delivered before the ongoing 28th UNHRC session in Geneva, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has stressed on the importance of the seizing the opportunity granted by the deferral of the OISL (OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka) to ensure that its used to promote reconciliation and peace in the country.
“This is singular opportunity for the government to lay the foundations in justice for a lasting peace and reconciliation,” Hussein has stated.
Meanwhile, he has also commended the government’s agreement to invite him as well as the Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of non-recurrence and the working group on enforced and involuntary disappearances,to Sri Lanka before the September session.
“During this period, the OHCHR staff also plans to engage on the ground with all stakeholders to advanace transitional justice issues,” he has noted.
Read High Commissioner’s annual report in full here