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Sri Lanka’s progress towards Transitional Justice is inconsistent and delayed – UN Rights Commissioner

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From the  Statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Informal conversation with the President of the Human Rights Council and Members  (4 Feb 2019).

Sri Lanka:
 Despite some positive developments — such as the operationalization of the Office of Missing Persons — progress towards the transitional justice commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka in 2015 has been inconsistent and subject to considerable delay. There has been progress, as I said, with the Office of Missing Persons, there is also the establishment of the National Commission for Human Rights. But still there is lack of sufficient progress, particularly towards truth seeking and accountability for past human rights violations and implementation of critical confidence-building measures, create, if it continues in this way, significant obstacles to reconciliation.

 Importance of the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka being kept on Council´s agenda. We have explained to the Government that we are ready to continue assisting the Government of Sri Lanka to advance this process in close coordination with other parts of the UN.

Red the full speech by High Commissioner here 2019-02-04 Informal HRC 4 Feb 2019 HC

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