In 2009 in Geneva, not resorting to blanket denial and refusal to consider possible individual cases of violations through local mechanisms (while never countenancing unsubstantiated claims of war crimes) was one of the ways of convincing the UNHRC to support Sri Lanka’s position in the most difficult period, the immediate aftermath of the war.
Even after the various reports of its own commissions gave guidance on the cases and possible mechanisms to commence those processes, Sri Lanka failed to do so. In 2015, the administration’s total embrace of 30/1 was a clear dereliction of its responsibility, although certain progressive provisions such as the Offices of Missing Persons and Reparations were a step in the right direction.
Who’s Afraid Of Accountability? Accountability In 2009, 2015 & 2021