Sri Lanka is called to probe into the alleged violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law - 1st July 2011
On Thursday 30th of June, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pilly, has recalled that “the high level of expectation expressed by Member States that Sri Lanka should investigate seriously” on the enduring allegations of extrajudicial executions committed by both parties during the final stages of the war against the LTTE.
She underlined that, if Sri Lanka does not act, the international community could take measures.
France expresses its full support to the statement of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
France has called on many occasions for credible and impartial investigations into the allegations of violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law that may have been committed by all parties to the conflict.
The UN Expert Panel report published in April concluded that these violations were credible.
A national investigation process is in progress in Sri Lanka, but until now, it was not fully satisfactory. We expect that the Sri Lankan authorities will take into account the conclusions of the panel report and will fully cooperate with the United Nations in its fight against impunity.
If no tangible progress on these points is seen, and given the seriousness of the facts reported, then the implementation of an international investigation mechanism - which has been recommended by the report - should be considered.
Statement of the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
July 1st, 2011