UN rights chief calls for investigation in Sri Lanka
This call from UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay has repeatedly called for investigation into war crimes committed by both sides. However, the highly politicized UN Human Rights Council voted in favor (27 in favor, 12 against and 8 abstain) of Sri Lankan government's self congratulatory motion. This action of the HRC was criticized by Human Right Watch as follows.
The Human Rights Council did not even express its concern for the hundreds of thousands of people facing indefinite detention in government camps. The council ignored urgent needs and wasted an important chance to promote human rights.
Following are recent statements from Ms. Navi Pillai regarding the investigation of war crimes in Sri Lanka:
"A comprehensive process of accountability for human rights violations committed by all sides should be carried out," the High Commissioner for Human Rights said.
"I believe that accountability is a prerequisite for the attainment of justice and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans and, thus, a foundation for lasting peace," she told the Human Rights Council.
The top U.N. human-rights official, Navi Pillay, says civilians suffer the most in all armed conflicts. She says the neglect of basic human rights, as well as discriminatory practices, often are at the root of armed conflict. And, that is why, she says, it is crucial to uphold the human rights of the victims.
She says it is important to get to the truth, to have independent human-rights monitors and the media present in situations of conflict. But, she notes independent observers were not able to access either the conflict zone or the camps for displaced people in northern Sri Lanka.
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