International accountability mechanism necessary to monitor Sri Lanka

RP | Published: 3:35 PM Jan 18 2021
Local International accountability mechanism necessary to monitor Sri Lanka

Amnesty International has requested that the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) establish an international accountability mechanism to continue to monitor and report on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka when it meets for its 46th session scheduled for later this year. 

The international rights group notes that such a mechanism is critical in the face of the continued deterioration of the human rights situation on the ground. 

Amnesty International further noted that there has been an alarming crackdown on civic space in Sri Lanka, with increased targeting and intimidation of human rights defenders, journalists, and lawyers. It also added that they are increasingly concerned about the targeting and discrimination of minorities in Sri Lanka. 

The release adds that empty promises of national-level accountability processes should not be considered an alternative to an international approach. It also urges all states at the HRC to encourage and support the robust approach necessary. 

Amnesty International concludes by stating that failure to do so would "send a very dangerous message to perpetrators everywhere that even a state accused of the most grave crimes under international law can escape meaningful scrutiny by the HRC and benefit from rewards by merely refusing to cooperate with a carefully negotiated process."

RP | Published: 3:35 PM Jan 18 2021

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