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France closely monitoring Sri Lanka

2014 Mar 21

The French Government is closely monitoring the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the French Embassy in Colombo quoted the French Foreign Ministry as saying.

France says it currently supports the drafting of a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council, in order to remind the authorities of Sri Lanka of the need to implement measures to ensure national reconciliation, which requires respect for human rights under all circumstances and actions to combat impunity.

The new and revised US draft resolution on Sri Lanka which is circulating among members of the UN Human Rights Council has got tougher by calling for an international independent investigation on Sri Lanka as proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

The proposed text titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability, and human rights in Sri Lanka’ recalls the High Commissioner’s conclusion in her recent report on Sri Lanka that national mechanisms have consistently failed to establish the truth and achieve justice, and her recommendation that the Human Rights Council establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and monitor any domestic accountability processes.

The new draft also welcomes the successful Provincial Council elections held on September 21, 2013 and in particular the high turn-out and participation in all three provinces, but notes with concern reports of election-related violence, as well as voter and candidate intimidation.

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