The United States (US) says had the international community responded earlier and more appropriately to situations in some countries, including Sri Lanka, lives could have been saved.
In a statement today during the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the US delegation noted that the most troubling aspect of recent atrocities is the concern that they could have been prevented.
In the prepared statement issued during the panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection of human rights, the US delegation noted the failure by the international community to act in Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, Sri Lanka and Syria.
The US also commended the “Rights Up Front” initiative of UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, which recognises the crucial need to respond early to developing situations in order to prevent human rights violations and potential atrocities.
Meanwhile, Ms. Flavia Pansieri, the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, in her statement, noted that the ground-breaking Rights Up Front plan of action is grounded in a commitment to more deliberate, thoughtful and coordinated use of the full range of UN resources, mandates and skills, in order to strengthen the UN system’s ability to effectively prevent and respond to serious human rights violations and complex crises.
She said Rights Up Front recognises that patterns in human rights violations provide clear warning signs of looming crisis, and includes a strong commitment to pool and analyse all available information from actors within the UN, activating high-level engagement and leadership at headquarters. (Colombo Gazette)