U.S. Welcomes Appointment of Experts to Panel on Sri Lanka Human Rights

Marie Harf
Deputy Spokesperson
Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC
June 25, 2014

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The United States welcomes UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay’s  announcement of the distinguished experts who will advise the panel conducting the international investigation into the alleged human rights violations and related crimes in Sri Lanka, as called for in the March 2014 Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka. We strongly urge the Government of Sri Lanka to cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner and its investigation. We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its obligations to its own people and to take meaningful, concrete steps to address outstanding concerns related to democratic governance, human rights, reconciliation, justice, and accountability. The United States stands ready to assist Sri Lanka in facilitating progress on these issues.