The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed strong criticism of the prevailing human rights situation in Sri Lanka and urged member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to consider imposing punitive measures on the country including a referral to the International Criminal Court.
The UN Human Rights Commissioner has also suggested that member states of the 47 member UN Human Rights Council could actively pursue investigation and prosecution of international crimes committed by all parties in Sri Lanka before their own national courts, including under the principles of extraterritorial or universal jurisdiction.
The UN Human Rights Chief has further recommended targeted sanctions by member states such as asset freezes and travel bans against State officials and other actors credibly alleged to have committed or be responsible for grave human rights violations or abuses in Sri Lanka.
The Human Rights Commissioner has outlined these proposed measures in a 17 page report prepared ahead of the forty-sixth session of the UNHRC from February 22 to March 19, 2021. Copies have been sent to the Sri Lankan Govt which is expected to make its response on or after January 27th 2021.
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