With the current focus on the High Commissioner's country specific report on Sri Lank it is easy to miss the significance of Sri Lanka in the annual report in the context of the 'Rights Up Front' plan and the need to address the UN's own failings.
The Human Rights High Commissioner’s annual report to the Human Rights Council highlights the recognition of the importance of human rights within the United Nations system and as one of the three pillars of the Organization, together with peace and security, and development. As an important development in this light she pointed out the report of the Secretary-General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations action in Sri Lanka, together with the subsequent “Rights Up Front” plan of action.
The High Commissioner said that it “reaffirmed the centrality of human rights to the work of the United Nations, and provides critical recommendations for the whole system to be more responsive and responsible in preventing and addressing promptly human rights issues”.
She indicated that her joint presentation of the paper together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on the protection of human rights in humanitarian crises also highlighted the conclusions made in the report of the Secretary- General’s Internal Review Panel on United Nations action in Sri Lanka.
[ see also TAGs summary of the Report of the Internal Review Panel here http://www.tamilsagainstgenocide.org/data/docs/12-001-UN-Panel-of-Experts.pdf