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New resolution offers hope against human rights violations


Human Rights
This resolution should send a clear message to perpetrators of crimes that they can’t act with impunity. PHOTO: ImageCollab

A new United Nations (UN) resolution on Sri Lanka is an important step forward offering renewed hope of justice for victims of the country’s 30-year civil conflict. The resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 23 March ramps up international monitoring and scrutiny of human rights in Sri Lanka and mandates the UN Human Rights Office to collect, consolidate and preserve evidence for future prosecutions, as well as make recommendations to the international community on steps to deliver justice and accountability

Hilary Power, Amnesty International representative to the UN in Geneva, says the resolution is a significant move by the UNHRC, which signals a shift in approach by the international community. She says this resolution should send a clear message to perpetrators of crimes that they can’t act with impunity and it is a significant move by the Human Rights Council which signals a shift in approach by the international community.


“While an important first step, the real impact of further monitoring and reporting will rely on other UN member states using the resolution as a basis for concrete action. Th