The US has said it is carefully examining a United Nations report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka highlighting worrying trends over the past year such as the deepening of impunity, the increasing militarization of government functions, ethno-nationalist rhetoric and intimidation of civil society.
The report calls for increased surveillance and strict preventive measures from the international community, and warns that “the current development of Sri Lanka provides the basis for the repetition of the policies and practices that have led to serious human rights violations”.
“We are carefully reviewing the important UN Human Rights Council report on human rights in Sri Lanka,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
“Sri Lanka’s future depends on the rights being respected today and sensible steps being taken to deal with the past,” Price said in a tweet a day after the UN report warned that Sri Lanka’s failure was earlier Addressing violations that has significantly increased the risk of human rights violations being repeated.
Nearly 12 years after the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, impunity for grave human rights abuses and abuses by all sides is firmer than ever as the current government proactively obstructs investigations and trials, and reverses the limited progress previously made. According to the report required by the UN Human Rights Council resolution.
The report highlights worrying trends over the past year such as the deepening of impunity, the increasing militarization of government functions, ethno-nationalist rhetoric and intimidation of civil society.
Early warning signals include: the accelerated militarization of civil government functions, the reversal of key constitutional safeguards, political obstruction to accountability, exclusive rhetoric, intimidation of civil society and the application of anti-terror laws.
According to the United Nations, up to 40,000 civilians were killed by security forces during the then regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa, which ended almost three decades of civil war in Sri Lanka with the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.
Both government forces and the Tamil Tiger rebels are charged with war crimes.