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UN Official Calls Progress ‘Worryingly Slow’

By Human Rights Watch - Fri Mar 03, 2:00 am

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights decried Sri Lanka’s slow progress on its reform pledges in his report to the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said today.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 9, 2016.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks during a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 9, 2016. 

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High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein acknowledged certain positive developments, but said that the government failed to adopt a time-bound “comprehensive strategy on transitional justice,” and called on the council to continue monitoring Sri Lankan compliance with resolution 30/1 of October 2015.

“The UN high commissioner paints a picture that is in stark contrast to the rosy claims of the Sri Lankan government,” said John Fisher, Geneva director. “Zeid’s report bolsters findings by UN independent experts and Sri Lankan rights groups that meaningful government action is needed, particularly on accountability and justice.”

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