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CIVICUS welcomes resolution on Sri Lanka but 'impunity concerns remain'

CIVICUS welcomed the resolution passed on Sri Lanka this morning in Geneva but said it "represents a missed opportunity to mandate an international accountability mechanism." 

In a statement reacting to the United Human Rights Council resolution, CIVICUS welcomed that the resolution "raises serious concerns" over the shrinking space for civil society which has been "squeezed tighter under the Rajapaksa government." 

"Independent NGOs are increasingly being silenced and even peaceful protests seeking accountability by victims of the civil war have been targeted," CIVICUS added

"They need the strongest possible support from the international community," CIVICUS added in their statement.

They called on the UNHRC "to take heed of these strong warning signs provided by the High Commissioner, as well as by human rights defenders, by journalists, and Special Rapporteurs, and to take future further measures towards furthering truth and accountability processes if proved necessary."

Read the full statement here.

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