US Ambassador Rapp Disappointed on Accountability

un      The United Sates says it is looking for Sri Lanka to proceed with accountability and genuine reconciliation and will be watching “very carefully” to decide what steps may be necessary to be taken again at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). This was stated by  the US Ambassador at Large on War Crimes Issues, Stephen J. Rapp, at the UN on June 11, when Inner City Press asked him about accountability for war crimes in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Rapp said that the US sponsored two resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2012 and March 2013 which “express our disappointment that provisions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission haven’t been implemented, in regard reconciliation… between Tamil and major communities in Sri Lanka and particular disappointment on accountability for the alleged grave atrocities near the end of the conflict on both sides.”

With UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay now scheduled to visit Sri Lanka, Rapp said that the most recent resolution invites Pillay “and the Special Rapporteurs to work with” Sri Lanka’s Rapapaksa government “to overcome these deficits.”

Rapp said the US will be “watching that very carefully” to decide what steps are necessary.


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