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Sri Lanka: UN Rights Commissioner recommends asset freezes & travel ban for alleged war criminals

File photo: These arrested alleged  LTTE militants by Sri Lanka military. Their whereabouts are still unknown.

In her report on Sri Lanka to the upcoming Human Rights Council session in Feb-March UN High Commissioner for Human Rights  Michelle Bachelet has suggested targeted sanctions such as asset freezes and travel bans for Sri Lankans “credibly accused of human rights violations”  Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath Colombage has told media.

“Rights Commissioner has recommended starting criminal proceedings in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the setting up of an international mechanism to look into allegations of and gather evidence on war crimes”, according to media.

“This [report] is worse than previous reports because they are referring also to last year with passing reference to the war, saying there is now a dangerous trend emerging and administration to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) through resolution 30/1 except a judicial mechanism with, among others, foreign judges. Once the government’s responses are finalised they will be made public”, he has further told.

With the inputs from Sunday Times



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