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Liechtenstein calls upon Sri Lanka to take necessary measures to fully implement the transitional process especially in the field of criminal accountability

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We share the High Commissioner’s concern about the slow rate of the progress in establishing meaningful transitional justice measures. This has engendered mistrust among victims and other stakeholders. Liechtenstein calls upon Sri Lanka to take necessary measures to fully implement the transitional process outlined in the Council’s resolution 30/1, especially in the field of criminal accountability where no substantial progress had been achieved.

Germany Recommends to the Gov of Sri Lanka to establish a comprehensive and time-bound strategy on transitional justice in order to implement its pending obligations

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We are concerned about public statements on the enforcement of death sentences – despite Sri Lanka’s international commitment to the UN moratorium on the death penalty. We also share the concerns stated in the report of OHCHR. The country must ensure the replacement of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and review all cases of detainees thereunder. Transparent and reliable jurisdiction is a key to societal reconciliation, as we know in Germany.

Widespread Frustration: Austria calls on the Gov of Sri Lanka to prepare a comprehensive strategy on transitional justice with a time bound plan

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "While we welcome improvements on a number of human rights issues in the country, progress in the government’s commitments to transitional justice has unfortunately been inconsistent and subject to considerable delay.

India Look Forward To The Full Implementation Of The 13th Amendment To The Constitution of Sri Lanka

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We take note of the progressive implementation of the commitments made by Sri Lanka and look forward to the implementation of its other important commitments made to the international community, including the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka. India is working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka in the implementation of various rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction projects.

Norway recommends that Sri Lanka develop a time-bound plan of action; Further delay could prevent from achieving a lasting solution

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "Today, ten years after the end of the war, the trust of minority communities in the process of reconciliation, accountability and human rights is being steadily eroded due to slow progress in fulfilling the commitments made under resolution 30/1. Further delay could prevent Sri Lanka from achieving a lasting solution to its ethnic issues.

Montenegro Encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka on More Effective Approach with Concrete Results: Divisions in the country do not bring any wellbeing

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We believe there is no alternative to reconciliation and appropriate addressing the issue of accountability, based on the truth and justice, and ensuring reparations for the victims. We still do not recognize a sufficient progress in this field and encourage the Government on more effective approach with concrete results. History shows us that any kind of divisions in the country do not bring any wellbeing.

Iceland Called Upon Sri Lanka to Create a Special Judicial Mechanism for War Crimes and Urged to Prevent Further Delays in Transitional Justice

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - Iceland noted with concern that virtually no progress has been made in investigating or prosecuting domestically the large number of allegations of war crimes or crimes against humanity collected by OHCHR in its investigation, and particularly those relating to military operations at the end of the war and called upon Sri Lanka to create a special judicial mechanism for this purpose.

Denmark calls on the Gov of Sri Lanka to establish appropriate institutional reforms within the military, intelligence and police to counter torture, sexual violence and other human rights violations

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - Denmark, addressing at the Interactive dialogue on the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to establish appropriate institutional reforms within the military, intelligence and police to counter torture, sexual violence and other human rights violations.

Croatia calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to Stop the Impunity

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - The Republic of Croatia today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to stop the impunity and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice without delay. Croatia said this aligning itself with the statement of the European Union at the  Interactive dialogue on the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka, at the UN Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva.

International Judges Not Possibe, No Justification for UNHRC Office in Sri Lanka - Minister Tilak Marapana in Geneva

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - Sri Lanka today rejected International Communities' suggestion to set up an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sri Lanka, saying the country does not believe there is justification for that. Also Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva stated that constitutional and legal challenges preclude it from including non-citizens in its judicial processes for War Crime.

Canada Urges the Gov of Sri Lanka to set a time-bound strategy for full implementation of the commitments made to its own people - Gary Anandasangaree MP

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "We acknowledge the increased level of frustration of the victims by the lack of substantive progress in advancing accountability and compounded by inconsistent messaging from Sri Lanka.

Belgium encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka to make substantial progress with a clearly defined timeline; Also recommends for equal women representation in the transitional justice processes

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "Belgium regrets the further delays the crisis caused to the implementation of the recommendations made earlier by this Council. My country is concerned about the lack of sufficient progress regarding transitional justice and the investigation of numerous human rights violations. Combating impunity and strengthening accountability and the rule of law are longstanding priorities for Belgium.

The EU encourages the Gov of Sri Lanka to adopt a time-bound implementation strategy and welcomes that this is reflected in the resolution

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "In 2015, by co-sponsoring HRC resolution 30/1, the Government of Sri Lanka recognized the need to address the past in order to build a better future, grounded in accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law. The full implementation of these commitments, which have been extended once again with the resolution tabled during this session, is now urgently needed.

Continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or interethnic violence, and instability in Sri Lanka: UN Human Rights Chief Ms Michelle Bachelet

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - "There has been minimal progress on accountability. Continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or interethnic violence, and instability. Resolving these cases, and bringing the perpetrators of past crimes to justice, is necessary to restore the confidence of victims from all communities," UN Human Rights Chief Ms. Michelle Bachelet said today.

What Freedom for Sri Lankan Tamil People Whose Children were Missing, and their Land and Beaches Stolen? - Dozens of  Speeches at Geneva UNHRC Session 

19 March 2019 - The United Nation's Human Rights Council at its 40th session in Geneva yesterday held a general debate on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, after hearing the presentation of reports on the subject. It also concluded its general debate on the follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. 

TNA MP Sritharan at the UNHRC Urged to refer Sri Lanka to the ICC and to appoint a Rapporteur to Monitor the Militarization

Geneva, 20 March 2019 - The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Sivagnanam Sritharan speaking at the Human Rights Council's general debate yesterday noted that the Tamil people in Sri Lanka are living under military occupation. To resolve occupation and militarization he urged the Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to double the efforts of focus on the cultural and structural genocide which is taking place in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

UN Human Rights Chief: New Zealand Attack Is Another Reminder That Racism Kills: "Political Leaders Promoting Nationalist Populism Often Deploy Overt Racism"

Geneva, 15 March 2019 - "Racism is contrary to everything we stand for. Both as a United Nations body, and as an entity made up of Member States committed to the implementation of the Universal Declaration, this Council stands for an end to racism, an end to intolerance and xenophobia, and an end to discrimination of every kind. The murderous Islamophobic and terrorist attack, just hours ago, on two mosques in New Zealand is yet another terrible reminder that racism kills.

Sri Lanka: Torture Continues: Sexual Abuse Committed by Govt and Security Officials - US Country Report

14 March 2019 - "As in previous years, suspects arrested under the PTA since the civil war ended in 2009 gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Some released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by state officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a concern.

ACTC Leader Gajen Ponnambalam at UNHRC Urges to Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC, Says the Gov Actions are Dishonest and Sinister

Geneva, 14 March 2019 - The All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam yesterday speaking at the UN Human Rights Council's 40th session in Geneva urged the council to refer the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or to establish a special court to look into war crimes. 

The Government of Sri Lanka had rejected the need for criminal accountability for Tamil victims of the conflict. The fact that Sri Lanka denied responsibility for its actions was dishonest and sinister, he said.

UNHRC: Draft resolution Encourages Sri Lanka to the Adoption of a Time-Bound Implementation Strategy, High Commissioner to Continue to Assess Progress, Written Update in March 2020, Discussion in March 2021

Geneva, 12 March 2019 - Canada, Germany, Montenegro, North Macedonia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Monday Submitted the Draft Resolution on Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka (A_HRC_40_L.1) to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rightts (OHCHR) has now published the Draft at it's Extranet. The Draft Resolution requests the Government of Sri Lanka to implement fully the measures identified by the Council in its resolution 30/1 that are outstanding.

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