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Zeid urges creation of hybrid special court in Sri Lanka as UN report confirms patterns of grave violations

Posted on: 16 / 09 / 2015

GENEVA (16 September 2015) – A UN report* published today has identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict. The report recommends the establishment of a hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators, as an essential step towards justice.

Read the full press release here:  English   |    Sinhala    |    Tamil


Download the report* here:

* The report is divided into two parts which are interlinked:

1)    The overarching Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights (A/HRC/30/61);

Read translated versions here: Sinhala  |  Tamil

 

2)    The accompanying Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (A/HRC/30/CRP.2)
Read translated versions here: Sinhala | Tamil

The response sent by the Sri Lankan Government can be found here:http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/OISL/ResponseSriLanka15092015.pdf

For more information, please contact:

In Geneva: Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9767 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or Pam O’Toole (+41 79 752 04 50 / mediaconsultant@ohchr.org) or Cécile Pouilly (+41 22 917 9310 / cpouilly@ohchr.org)

In Colombo: Ravina Shamdasani (+41 79 201 0115 or +94 77 448 1925 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org)