April from the outset was overshadowed by the UN Special Panel’s Report on Sri Lanka and generated much heat and debate outside the Sri Lankan Parliament. The House in contract demonstrated a cautious attitude towards the report.
The report of the Panel of Experts appointed by the United Nations Secretary General (UNSG) Ban Ki- Moon was officially shared with the Government of Sri Lanka on April 12. The UN report was released just four days after the release of 2010 Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour of the US State Department which was extremely critical of the Rajapakshe administration.
The State Department report, published on April 8, stated that the Sri Lankan military forces were responsible for human rights abuses emboldened by official impunity and that security forces “tortured and abused detainees; poor prison conditions remained a problem; and authorities arbitrarily arrested and detained citizens.”
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