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Forum Asia reiterates call for exercise of universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development echoed calls y the UN human rights chief for the exercise of universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka and expressed concern over the lack of action towards accountability by the Sri Lankan government.

In a statement delivered at the UN Human Rights Council this week, the organisation said that it had concerns “in relation to lack of progress in essential confidence building measures including the release of military occupied civilian land and the Prevention of Terrorism Act”.

“We echo the need for a clear timeline and benchmarks for the implementation of government commitments under resolution 30/1,” the statement continued.

“We reiterate the call for universal jurisdiction for alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and are concerned by the lack of credible government action towards accountability.”