UNHRC calls on Sri Lanka to implement a detailed, comprehensive strategy for the transitional process with a fixed timeline


The High Commissioner said a contributing factor to delays appears to be a lack of common vision among the country's highest leadership and deadlock on these important issues has a damaging impact on victims from all ethnic and religious groups and on society as a whole. Bachelet noted that there has been minimal progress on accountability and said the continuing impunity risks fuelling communal or interethnic violence, and instability. She said the recent appointment to a senior position in the Sri Lankan Army of Major General Shavendra Silva, implicated in alleged serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, is a worrying development. The High Commissioner also said the continuing allegations of torture and other human rights violations by security forces, including sexual violence are troublesome and called for effective, transparent and independent investigations by the Government, as well as measures to prevent and end such practices..................

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