Sri Lanka’s defiance and delaying tactics in implementing its own undertakings and several UNHRC Resolutions by demanding extensions and lame excuses to implement these in good faith and in time.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet mentioned some of the incidents under the section on “Impunity in emblematic cases” in her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2021. The relevant excerpt is as follows:
“In previous reports to the Human Rights Council, OHCHR has tracked the investigation and prosecution of emblematic cases as a key measure of Sri Lanka’s commitment to ending impunity.
The killing of five Tamil students in Trincomalee;
Killing of 17 humanitarian workers in Muttur in 2006;
The assassination of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge in 2009;
The disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda in 2010
The killing of protestors by army personnel during a demonstration at Weliweriya in August 2013;
The anti-Muslim riots in Aluthgama in 2014 and Digana, in 2018, as well as others.
Despite investigations over the years by domestic Commissions of Inquiry and the police, and the arrest of some suspects and trials at bar, not a single emblematic case has been brought to a successful conclusion or conviction.”
UNHRC Resolution 19/2 Of March 22, 2012
On March 22, 2012 – the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva passed a US-sponsored resolution on human rights violations in Sri Lanka.