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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 - 11:05
US Says It Stands “Very Firmly” On The Need For Accountability In Sri Lanka
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US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal says the US stood “very firmly” on the need for respect for human rights and the need for a process of accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Speaking during the session hosted by The Program on Peace-building and Human Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the Association of War Affected Women, Biswal said Sri Lanka is making progress but a lot more still needs to be done, the Press Trust of India reported.

She cited the progress made in establishing the office of missing persons and the current government has welcomed and encouraged the visit of UN special Rapporteurs to help provide technical support, expertise and best practices that can help shape the government’s views on reconciliation and accountability.

She said the Sri Lankan Government that came into power in January 2015 has taken “some very encouraging steps” with respect to the efforts to return land to its rightful owners and effort to “give closure” to so many families whose loved ones are still unaccounted for and to “seek justice and accountability for the perpetrators of worst times of the conflict.”

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