UN must act to stop human rights violations in Lanka: AHRC

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Colombo, Sep 19 (UNI) The Asian Human Rights Commission(AHRC) has urged the United Nations to intervene and take urgent steps to stop the ''extra-judicial killings and disappearance'' in strife-torn Sri Lanka.

The Hong Kong-based human rights group reported that more than fifty people were either found dead or killed, while several had reportedly disappeared following arrests or abductions. It further alleged that some of the perpetrators of these cases were ''members of security forces and intelligence units''.

The AHRC criticised the failure of authorities and blamed ''unwillingness and inability of the Sri Lankan government over the systemic failure, which endangered the lives of the people.'' The report stated, ''Some of the corpses found can no longer be identified as they are already in a state of decomposition while other bodies remained unknown. They could only be recognised by their physical features.'' Though, complaints were constantly lodged on the killings and abductions, no substantial progress had been made into the matter.

It called for the establishment of a Human Rights Monitoring Committee based in Sri Lanka. ''They must also pressurise the authorities concerned to demand for specific actions and time bound to ensure that the rule of law is established and the right to life is guaranteed,'' it said.

Other human rights organisations, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, had also called for UN rights monitoring mission in the island nation.

The government, meanwhile, rejected the proposal, saying it was probing alleged abuses and did not want its sovereignty infringed.

A Government delegation at the sixth session of the Human Right Council in Geneva delegation dismissed the AHRC report saying, ''dubious statistics and misinformation should not be bandied about'' adding that this was contrary to the international standards, Daily news reported.

Refuting allegations of starvation in Jaffna and Vanni, the panel said steps were taken to ensure that the essential supplies and services reached the areas without delay.

The authorities had emphasised that as a founder member of the Human Right Council, Sri Lanka would be ready to submit itself to the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the Council for a comprehensive review of its Human Rights obligations.

UNI

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