Canada’s Leadership on Sri Lanka Urgently Needed Once Again at the UN

Six years ago Canada was among a group of countries that took the lead to adopt a crucial United Nations resolution to promote reconciliation and justice after decades of war and persecution in Sri Lanka. The human rights situation on the island is again deteriorating, and it is crucial for Canada to step up to take diplomatic action once more. In a hard hitting new report, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, says that “Sri Lanka remains in a state of denial about the past,” and the “current…

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Experts dismayed by regressive steps, call for renewed UN scrutiny and efforts to ensure accountability

UN human rights experts have expressed their deep concern on 5 February 2021 about the reversal of important democratic gains achieved since 2015 and roll back on limited progress made on accountability, reconciliation in Sri Lanka since the Government withdrew its support from the resolution Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 in February 2020.  UN human rights experts M. Clément Voule (Togo), the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances consisting of Tae-Ung Baik (Chair-Rapporteur), Henrikas Mickevičius (Vice…

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