The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has requested the Sri Lankan government to implement commitment and obligations in the consensual resolution HRC 30/1 adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2015.
He made the request in updating on human rights issues in 40 countries at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. He urged the government to also move faster on other essential confidence building measures, such as release of land occupied by the military, and resolving long-pending cases registered under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and reform the draconian Act.
He states: "I repeat my request for that Act to be replaced with a new law in line with international human rights standards.I encourage the Government to act on its commitment in Resolution 30/1 to establish transitional justice mechanisms, and to establish a clear timeline and benchmarks for the implementation of these and other commitments.
This should not be viewed by the Government as a box-ticking exercise to placate the Council, but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people."