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HRC 54: Persistent impunity for all kinds of crimes needs to be addressed – Muise Wahabdeen, UHRC

Madam Vice President

We welcome the High Commissioner’s report “Situation of human rights in Sri Lanka” and urge all member nations to give it due consideration.

It is important to address the underlying factors in the economic crisis, including corruption, centralization of power, lack of transparency and institutional checks and balances.

We note the government’s announcement of future action on civil and political rights – though the proof of sincerity still depends on translating them into action.

Persistent impunity for all kinds of crimes needs to be addressed and people are entitled to timely justice and peace.

Three years after the Easter Sunday Attacks, alarmed by new allegations that have surfaced,we endorse the call for an impartial and independent inquiry with international participation.

Hundreds of innocent Muslims were arrested after the attacks and dozens still languish in prisons without trial. We call for speedy investigations so that these innocent people could be free.

Vice President,

Article 11 of HRC Resolution 51/1 urges the Government of Sri Lanka to address the marginalization of and discrimination against the Muslim community. We hope the High
Commissioner’s future reports will address progress on this matter.

We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to meet demands and promote rights of Sri Lankans from all communities.

Thank you.

Item 2: Interactive dialogue on the report of OHCHR on promoting reconciliation,
Accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka – Interactive Dialogue.
Statement Delivered by: Muise Wahabdeen
Date: 11th of September 2023

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