The deteriorating human rights situation in Sri Lanka raises many alarms

  • By Sania Farooqui (New Delhi, India)
  • Inter Press service

at recent days United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, stressed that failure to deal with the past continues to have devastating effects on the tens of thousands of families in Sri Lanka who are still waiting for justice and reparations – and the truth about the fate of their loved ones. The report warns that Sri Lanka’s failure to address past violations “has significantly increased the risk of recurring human rights violations.”

“Sri Lanka’s current trajectory paves the way for the repetition of policies and practices that have led to gross violations of human rights.” The report also indicates the pattern of intense surveillance and harassment of civil society organizations, human rights defenders and victims, and the shrinking space for independent media.

“I see the OHCHR report as something that would give more oxygen to the continuation of our many struggles, particularly for truth and justice,” Sri Lankan human rights activist, Sherine Sarur, told IPS News. The report very well made clear the lack of access to justice and the need for accountability. Sherine says he is strong on militarization and deep security of Sri Lanka and calls for strict examination and disarmament with a warning of dire consequences if it fails.

Michelle Bachelet’s criticisms of monitoring civil society organizations, shrinking opposition space, and violations of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are disturbing. But in order to prevent another round of conflict, the report must focus more on the ongoing attacks against religious minorities in the countries.

Earlier in December 2020, Muslims in Sri Lanka Angry that the cremation of the corpse of a 20-day-old COVID-19 victim is against the family’s wishes. Sri Lanka has been flagged for ignore World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines permitting burial and cremation.

In a country where minorities are marginalized and discriminated against, Muslims who fall victim to COVID-19 are unjustly prevented from burial according to their religious beliefs and their bodies are forcibly cremated. Amnesty International in a statement. Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world that has made cremation mandatory for people who have died or are suspected of dying from COVID-19. The rights group urged the Sri Lankan government not to forget that “it is their duty to ensure that all people in Sri Lanka are treated fairly. COVID-19 does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic, political or religious differences, nor should the government of Sri Lanka”.

“For many of us who have witnessed persistent violations of minority rights over three decades in Sri Lanka, it is important for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take up the issue of the growing majority of Sinhalese Buddhism and extreme nationalism mentioned in the OHCHR report.

“It is time for UNHCR to put in place an early preventive strategy, so that another bloody war or religious violence is prevented in this country,” says Sherine.

Human Rights Watch in its recent 93-page report, Open wounds, heightened risks: hampering accountability for grave violations in Sri Lanka* Examines President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s government efforts to defuse justice in seven high-profile human rights cases.

“The Sri Lankan government’s assault on justice increases the risk of human rights violations today and in the future,” said John Fisher, director of the Geneva office of Human Rights Watch. The report stated that “the United Nations Human Rights Council must adopt a resolution at its next session clarifying to the Rajapaksa administration that the world will not ignore its violations and give hope for justice to the families of the victims.”

In 2018, before and during the current session of the Human Rights Council, the Sri Lankan authorities did Several ads To express their commitments to the commitments made in the October 2015 resolution regarding justice and accountability for violations during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

After months in office in November 2019, President Gotabaya Rajapaksha made several changes including replacing the Nineteenth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, which was enacted to curb excessive executive power and facilitate independent institutions including the judiciary with the Twentieth Amendment, which strengthened power in Executive and independent commissions have mainly abolished the Sri Lankan Human Rights Commissions and the Missing Persons Office. Sherine said: “Rajapaksa has appointed people involved in war crimes and other serious violations to senior management positions.”

In February 2020 Sri Lanka has withdrawn from the 2019 UN Resolution On accountability and reconciliation after the war, which is scheduled to be addressed in the next session.

The main Tamil political parties in Sri Lanka are now calling for an international investigation Joint letter addressed To members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, he said: “It is now time for member states to acknowledge that there is no room for a domestic process that can honestly deal with accountability in Sri Lanka.”

according to this reportSri Lanka is in discussions with India and other countries to provide support for the confrontation Core group A move that could lead to targeted sanctions, asset freezes and travel bans against alleged perpetrators of gross human rights violations and abuses at the March session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The author is a journalist and filmmaker based in New Delhi. She hosts a weekly online show called Sania Farooqi Show Muslim women from all over the world are invited to share their views.

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