US, UK urge Lanka to support probe

UNHRCThe Unites States and Britain today urged the Sri Lankan Government to support the investigation into the war in Sri Lanka.

Envoys of the US and UK, speaking at the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva, said the Sri Lankan Government must ensure access to those involved in the investigation.

The US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Keith Harper thanked the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for organising the investigation on Sri Lanka through her office.

Harper said the investigation signals the importance of promoting justice, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

“We urge the Sri Lankan government to cooperate fully with the investigation, including granting access to investigators, and preventing retaliation against those who provide information to the High Commissioner’s office,” he said.

Pillay had told the UN Human Rights Council today that her office has now put in place a staff team that will be supported by several experts and Special Procedures mandate holders, to conduct the comprehensive investigation mandated by the Council in order to advance accountability, and thus reconciliation in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)