Resolution 30/1: Four Years On, 6/36 Completed

3/21/2019

In 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1 and committed to a range of measures on human rights, accountability, and reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s progress in fulfilling its commitments was discussed on March 20, at the 40th session of the UNHRC.

Resolution 30/1 contains 36 actionable commitments, which can be categorized under five themes: transitional justice and reconciliation, rights and rule of law, security and demilitarization, power sharing, and international engagement. Currently, the Sri Lankan government has fulfilled 6 out of these 36 commitments.

Despite some success, including recent decisions to criminalize enforced disappearance and create an Office on Missing Persons, there has been limited progress toward establishing a commission for truth, justice, reconciliation, and non-recurrence; strengthening the victim and witness protection law; ending military involvement in civilian affairs; and introducing security sector reforms.

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