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Human Rights Watch statement - item 2 interactive dialogue on High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka

It is 11 years since tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Both parties to the conflict committed war crimes and other abuses for which no one has been held to account. For nearly a decade this…
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Inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services

Introduction Human Rights Watch welcomes the Commons Select Committee’s inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken to address the public health emergency on children’s access to education and other essential rights, and the…
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Dharisha Bastians Targeted for Reports, Defense of Human Rights

(New York) – The Sri Lankan authorities should stop targeting, intimidating, and harassing journalist and woman human rights defender, Dharisha Bastians, and her family. The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty…
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Item 2 interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka

When the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 30/1 by consensus in October 2015, Sri Lanka, through its co-sponsorship, committed to 25 key undertakings across a range of human rights issues. A core commitment was to set up four transitional justice…
Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrate outside the Supreme Court complex in Colombo after the court unanimously ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional, December
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Item 2: Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s Report on Sri Lanka

Human Rights Watch acknowledges the Sri Lankan government’s engagement with the international community, including with the UN’s special procedures, over the last two years. We share however the concerns expressed by High Commissioner Zeid at…
A Tamil woman cries as she holds up an image of her family member who disappeared during the civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a vigil to commemorate the international day of the disappeared in Colombo August 30, 2013.
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Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on his Annual Report

We share the High Commissioner’s concerns about current threats to human rights values, and to the international framework itself. Whether the Council can rise to these challenges will depend on a number of factors. First, leadership: many…
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End of session statement

As we close this session, civil society shares a sense of disappointment about the Council's overall failure to effectively fulfil its mandate to address situations of human rights violations, and hold States to account for these violations. In…
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Statement delivered under Item 2

The High Commissioner's investigative report on Sri Lanka marks a significant step towards justice and accountability for the victims of international crimes and the family members of Sri Lanka’s dead and “disappeared.”  The international investigative…
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HRC 27 -- Statement Delivered Under Item 10

Human Rights Watch welcomes the High Commissioner's update on Sri Lanka. We regret that senior officials in the Sri Lankan government have rejected the 2014 Human Rights Council resolution asking the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR…
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Statement Delivered Under Item 2, HRC 25

This is the third year running that a resolution on Sri Lanka has been discussed at the Human Rights Council. In spite of two previous resolutions giving the Sri Lankan government ample opportunity to credibly address accountability for the many…