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UN High Commissioner for HR raises concerns over incidents of violence, resumption of death penalty

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has raised concerns on Sri Lanka over the recurrent incidents of racist and inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka as well as the announced plans to resume use of the death penalty.

In her maiden address at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva Michelle Bachelet stated:

"In Sri Lanka, although the authorities have moved too slowly towards meaningful implementation of the transitional justice agenda, the Office of Missing Persons has now begun consultations and institutional capacity-building to fulfill its mandate. We look to that Office to work quickly, to begin to provide answers to the families of the disappeared. Legislation establishing an Office for Reparations was also underway.

Historically, people have always moved in search of hope and opportunities. Erecting walls; deliberately projecting fear and anger on migrant communities; denying migrants fundamental rights by limiting their right to appeal, curtailing their right to non-refoulement, separating and detaining families, and cutting integration programmes: such policies offer no long-term solutions to anyone – only more hostility, misery, suffering and chaos."

 

 

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