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US Foreign Affairs committee calls for ‘alternative accountability mechanisms in Sri Lanka

Marking 12 years since the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, the US House Committee for Foreign Affairs has issued a statement highlighting the damning findings of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which noted “ongoing impunity for human rights violations” and called on member states to consider “alternative accountability mechanisms”.

On Twitter the committee stated:

 

They further added:

North Carolina Senator, Wiley Nickel, similarly issued a statement mourning Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day and noting the tragic loss of over 140,000 Tamil lives. In his statement, he highlights Sri Lanka’s unwillingness to continue cooperation with resolution 30/1 and called on the international community and the UN to take action to “promote reconciliation, accountability, and human rights”.

He further called on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to establish offices in the North-East so as to “collect evidence of genocide and monitor ongoing human rights and other violations”.

 

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