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An Evaluation

Report to the UN Human Rights Council on Sri Lanka

One of the most striking features of the report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka, 2015 is its consistent effort to be even-handed in its view of Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam responsibility for atrocities. Significantly, it does not find evidence that the government or its armed forces engaged in genocide, instead, the crimes are described by the report as consistent with war crimes and crimes against humanity. This analysis finds the report of OISL as contributing to a process of securing the rights of victims and their families, reforming institutions so that similar bloodbaths do not recur in the future, and bringing about reconciliation.

The report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) in 2015 is the outcome of a resolution of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2014 requesting the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC),” namely, February 2002 to November 2011, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such violations and crimes. The request stemmed from international and national concern about the lack of any credible national process to address the issue of accountability for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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