No Justice, No Truth: Unfulfilled Promises of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 30-1

By Together Against Genocide (TAG), Monday, March 06 2017

Executive Summary

UN HRC Resolution 30-1 of 2015 contains 20 clauses and incorporates by reference the 39[1] recommendations of the report of the OISL. It encourages ‘the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations contained therein (in the report of the OISL) when implementing measures for truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence’ (Clause 1). The resolution was passed with the co-sponsorship of the Sri Lankan government, with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera stating that “The Government of Sri Lanka recognises fully that the process of reconciliation involves addressing the broad areas of truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence and for non-recurrence to become truly meaningful, the necessity of reaching a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people.
Two years on, this report finds that Sri Lanka has failed to deliver on the promise of 2015. While the Foreign Minister has continued his international diplomacy, in Sri Lanka senior figures have expressed the opposite view, disavowing the commitments to Resolution 30-1 and promising to never charge troops.
The 33 recommendations of the OISL for the Government of SriLanka (GOSL) are classified into five areas: General, Institutional Reform, Justice, Truth/Right to Know and Reparations. This TAG assessment, on a best-efforts basis, finds that Sri Lanka has hardly made progress of any long term significance in any of the five areas of recommendation by the OISL. These areas are assessed in more detail, as is the pledge in clause 16 of Resolution 30-1 of a ‘a political settlement to address the grievances of the Tamil people’ and other actions taken by Sri Lanka since 2015.

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[1] Of which 33 are for the Government of Sri Lanka and 6 for the UN and Member States