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UN Human Rights Office report on Sri Lanka to be published Wednesday

GENEVA/COLOMBO (14 September 2015) – The report of the UN Human Rights Council-mandated investigation on Sri Lanka will be made publicly available on Wednesday, 16 September at 10h30 CET time and 14h00 UTC time. The report will then be posted online on: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx. A press release accompanying the report will also be posted online and disseminated to the media.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will hold a press conference to discuss the findings of the report, including recommendations for the way forward, at 10h30 CET in Geneva. The press conference will be webcast live on http://webtv.un.org.

The OHCHR* Investigation on Sri Lanka was mandated by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 25/1** in March 2014. The resolution requested the High Commissioner to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders.” For more information about how the investigation was conducted, please visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/OISL.aspx


For media enquiries, please contact:

In Geneva: Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 9711 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or Pam O’Toole (+41 22 917 9637 / mediaconsultant@ohchr.org) or Cécile Pouilly (+41 22 917 9310 / cpouilly@ohchr.org)
In Colombo: Ravina Shamdasani (+41 79 201 0115 or +94 77 448 1925 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org)
* Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, otherwise known as the UN Human Rights Office
** HRC Resolution: http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/RES/25/1

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