UNHRC Chief says OHCHR findings are of the most serious nature

Prince ZeidIn his opening statement at the 30 Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva,  on 14 September 2015, referring to Sri Lanka  Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said,

“Six years ago, we were confronted with serious violations and loss of civilian life in the last months of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. This Council has been deeply engaged with the need for accountability, as a necessary step towards reconciliation in that country. On Wednesday I will release the report of the comprehensive investigation that OHCHR was mandated to conduct in March 2014, including my recommendations. Its findings are of the most serious nature. I welcome the vision shown by President Sirisena since his election in January 2015, and the commitments made by the new Government under his leadership. But this Council owes it to Sri Lankans – and to its own credibility – to ensure an accountability process that produces results, decisively moves beyond the failures of the past, and brings the deep institutional changes needed to guarantee non-recurrence.” (OHCHR)

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