Keep the promise to war survivors
Following a landmark international investigation, in September 2015 the United Nations released a major report on Sri Lanka in which it found strong evidence that serious rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed during the civil war.
In response, the government of Sri Lanka – acting through the UN Human Rights Council – made a series of promises to war survivors and the international community, pledging a wide-ranging set of measures designed to address the legacy of the war. These promises were contained in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, agreed in October 2015.
The Sri Lanka Campaign is currently monitoring these promises and the extent to which they are being kept by the government. Our latest evaluation, available here, is very concerning. It suggests that not enough is being done to lay the foundations for a sustainable peace in Sri Lanka and avert yet another cycle of conflict.
In March 2017, members of the Human Rights Council will meet to discuss Sri Lanka’s progress and, in light of the ‘expiry date’ on the current resolution, consider the further courses of action available to it. The international community must not shy away from the frank and robust appraisal that our analysis suggests is needed. And it must not let the government of Sri Lanka’s promises slip by the way-side. To that end we are calling on members of the Council to pass a follow-up resolution which reaffirms those promises and sends a strong message to the government that they must make them a reality.
Please take action today by signing the petition and signalling to the government of Sri Lanka, and the members of the Human Rights Council, that these promises have not been forgotten – and that they must be renewed and honored.
- Government of Sri Lanka
In September 2015 you made a promise to war survivors: to address human rights violations committed during the civil war and to embark on a meaningful process of accountability and reconciliation.
That promise was made through the commitments you pledged in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 – a resolution which, if followed, offers Sri Lanka a real chance of securing a sustainable peace.
Yet there is evidence that the ambition of those commitments is not being matched by implementation. As this monitoring tool highlights, there has been a considerable lack of progress in key areas (https://www.srilankacampaign.org/keep-the-promise/
The current reconciliation process may be the best chance Sri Lanka has, and may ever have, of dealing with its recent past. It is therefore of utmost importance that this opportunity is not squandered either for lack of courage or political will. The stakes are simply too high.
So please, keep the promise to war survivors - and ensure that the peace that is built in Sri Lankan is a sustainable one - by taking the steps necessary to implement the terms of resolution 30/1.
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