HRW ‘concerned’ at Sri Lankan government statements on accountability

z_p01-PresidentHuman Rights Watch (HRW) said it was concerned at statements made by the Sri Lankan government, which called into question its commitment to fully implement a UN resolution on accountability.

Speaking at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, the human rights organisation said “many have rightly put the emphasis on the need for implementation of existing resolutions, if the Council is to have relevance and impact on the ground”.

It went on to add that whilst it welcomed the resolution on accountability for mass atrocities committed in Sri Lanka, it was “concerned at high-level government statements earlier this year calling into question its commitment to abide by the resolution’s provisions on an accountability mechanism”.

“We urge the government to deliver on its commitments to the Council through full implementation of the resolution, and we look forward to the High Commissioner’s oral update on progress towards that end in June,” added the statement.

See the full statement here.