Sarath Weerasekara urges UNHRC to impose moratorium
2018-Mar-16 | By News Admin

Former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to impose a moratorium on all actions related to the resolution against Sri Lanka pending a decision on his Complaint Procedures petition.

Speaking before the UNHRC in Geneva yesterday, he said normally, the Complaint Procedures mechanism is used against States, but he has provided clear reasons why the mechanism must cover complaints against the UNHRC or the OHCHR.

Rear Admiral Weerasekera further said in March 2017, he filed two reports which conclusively rebutted the report of the High Commissioner which alleged that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes.

He pointed out that the Sri Lankan Government's Foreign Minister co-sponsored the resolution without the approval of the President and the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

Rear Admiral Weerasekera says continuing to implement a resolution based on a flawed report is a breach of the principles of the UN Charter, and therefore a grave violation of the human rights of all Sri Lankans.

He concluded that having exhausted all his options in bringing this situation to the attention of the Council, he has filed a Complaint Procedures petition.

Sources : news24