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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 - 10:50
Amnesty International urges UN members to provide safety to Sri Lankan war victims
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Amnesty International has in a written submission to the UN Human Right Council (UNHRC) requested urging UN member states to enter into agreements with Sri Lanka to relocate to their countries the victims and witnesses who are facing serious risk due to their engagement with the justice, truth or reparation mechanisms. This request comes ahead of the 34th session of the UNHRC that will be held in Geneva.

Amnesty international went on to say that the UN must provide Sri Lanka with technical assistance and financial support towards justice, truth and reparation mechanisms that meet international standards, legal reform and other steps to ensure non-recurrence.

Amnesty urged the international community to emphasise to Sri Lanka the rights of victims to effective remedies, especially when it comes to effective access for women to justice, truth and reparation, as well as guarantees of non-recurrence that would address essential causes of gender and other discrimination.

Amnesty International said, “Insist that all mechanisms created coordinate and share information to ensure the effective delivery of justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. Assist Sri Lankan authorities to establish an independent and effective system of victim and witness protection in line with international standards. Enter into agreements with Sri Lanka to relocate to their countries victims and witnesses who face serious risk due to their engagement with the justice, truth or reparation mechanisms.”

UN member states were also urged by Amnesty International to assist and support Sri Lanka to develop rigorous human rights vetting procedures for law enforcement agencies and the military for domestic purposes, and ensure as well as support the equally rigorous vetting of all Sri Lankan personnel provided to UN peacekeeping operations, training or exchange programs.

The international community was also urged by Amnesty to provide Sri Lanka cooperation and mutual legal assistance to support its efforts to prosecute persons suspected of crimes under international law or other serious human rights violations, subject to fair trial safeguards and precluding the imposition of the death penalty.

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