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UN told of ‘deteriorating’ HR situation

Hundreds of people gathered to testify before the commission (file photo)

Watchdogs say the LLRC hearings ‘bear witness to the culture of impunity’
Rights watchdogs have complained to the United Nations that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka has deteriorated.

Several human rights groups have submitted written statements on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

The 16 session of the Human Rights Council is meeting in Geneva until the 25th of March.

International Movement Against All Forms of Racism (IMADR) in its statement accuses the Sri Lankan government of failing to fulfil pledges given to the UNHRC at earlier sessions.

It also says that the testimonies in the north and east to a commission of inquiry appointed by the president of Sri Lanka bear witness to the ‘culture of impunity, collapse of the rule of law and other systematic rights violations’.

The government appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in May, last year.

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