UN human rights envoy begins visit to Sri Lanka

The top UN human rights official began a four-day visit to Sri Lanka Saturday to assess progress in investigating alleged war crimes and improving reconciliation.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein plans to visit the former war zones in the northern and eastern parts of the country, and meet with members of civil rights movements.

He will also meet with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who have pledged to investigate alleged human rights violations during the final phases of the conflict that ended in 2009.

Both sides face accusations of abuses and war crimes during the 26-year conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The final months of the conflict caused an estimated 40,000 civilian deaths, according to the UN, as the army pushed  through Tamil territory.

The UN has called for an independent judicial mechanism to investigate the allegations, under international humanitarian law, and make any reforms  necessary for that to happen.

Last update: Sat, 06/02/2016 - 10:22
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