Let me also refer to the report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on accountability in Sri Lanka, which concludes that there are credible allegations of a wide range of serious violations of international law committed by both the Sri Lankan Government forces and Tamil Tigers in the final stages of the conflict.
It is incumbent on the Government to investigate these allegations and I also urge it to implement the measures recommended by the Panel.
I fully support the recommendation to establish an international mechanism to monitor national investigations and undertake its own as necessary.
It would be important for the Human Rights Council to reflect on the new information contained in this important report, in light of its previous consideration of Sri Lanka and efforts to combat impunity worldwide.
29 May 2011
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navanethem Pillay, during her opening statement to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 30 May 2011.
See here for her full opening statement.