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UN report on Lanka has ‘serious findings’, warns official

COLOMBO: The United Nations report on human rights violations in Sri Lanka, especially during the final phase of the war against Tamil Tigers from 2006 to 2009, has “findings of the most serious nature”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in Geneva on Monday.

Speaking on the opening day of a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Mr Zeid said: “Six years ago, we were confronted with serious violations and loss of civilian life during the last months of Sri Lanka’s long civil war. This council has been deeply engaged with the need for accountability as a necessary step towards reconciliation in that country.

“On Wednesday, I will release the report of the comprehensive investigation that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was mandated to conduct in March last year, including my recommendations. Its findings are of the most serious nature.”

Zeid Ra’ad, however, said he was hopeful that the new government in Sri Lanka would address the issues stated in the report in a credible manner.

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