UN human rights chief calls for Sri Lanka to be referred to the ICC

Wednesday January 27, 2021

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for Sri Lanka to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).


In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, Ms Michelle Bachelet stated: 


"​Member states have a number of options to advance criminal accountability and provide measures of redress for victims. In addition to taking steps towards the referral of the situation in Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court, Member States can actively pursue investigation and prosecution of international crimes committed by all parties in Sri Lanka before their own national courts, including under accepted principles of extraterritorial or universal jurisdiction. The High Commissioner encourages Member States to work with OHCHR, victims and their representatives to promote such avenues for accountability, including through opening investigations into possible international crimes, and to support a dedicated capacity to advance these efforts. Member States can also apply targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans against State officials and other actors credibly alleged to have committed or be responsible for grave human rights violations or abuses, as well as support initiatives that provide practical benefits to victims and their families."


To read the full report, click here.

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