UN High Commissioner Highlights the Need for Accountability in Sri Lanka

UN High Commissioner Highlights the Need for Accountability in Sri Lanka


Sarah Thanawala

Sri Lanka and Human Rights Researcher 

Global Human Rights Defence

On 25 February 2022, UN High Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, presented the annual report of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Sri Lanka, in context to the Human Rights Council Resolution 46/1 (Human Rights Council, 2022). Further, the report is presented in respect of the forty-ninth session of the Human Rights Council (Human Rights Council, 2022). In the report, Bachelet expressed concerns of impunity over human rights violations, non-recognition of vicitm’s rights, and the rise of “Sinhala nationalism and Buddism in state institutions” (Tamil Guardian, 2022). Some of the important areas of human rights violation called for in the report include - a drastic rise in militarisation that hugely impact the minority communities, the need to replace the arbitrary legislation of Prevention of Terrorism Act, the failure of the Sri Lankan government to ensure justice to the families of the victims of enforced disappearances (Tamil Guardian, 2022). Finally, in her report, Bachelet stresses on the need for Sri Lanka to oblige by its international human rights obligations and to take the urgent steps in ensuring the prevention of violations (Tamil Guardian, 2022). 

Sources and further reading:

Human Rights Council (2022, February 25). Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka : Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/49/9). https://www.tamilguardian.com/sites/default/files/Image/pictures/2022/Other/A_HRC_49_9_AdvanceUneditedVersion.pdf  

Tamil Guardian (2022, February 25). UN Human Rights chief reiterates calls for ‘targeted sanctions’ and prosecutions in new report on Sri Lanka. Tamil Guardian. https://www.tamilguardian.com/content/un-human-rights-chief-reiterates-calls-targeted-sanctions-and-prosecutions-new-report-sri