Sri Lanka: Accountability for Alleged Violations of International Human Rights Law (Taken Question)

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 28, 2011

Question: What is the U.S. view regarding accountability in Sri Lanka?

Answer: As we have stated before, the United States supports a full, credible, and independent investigation of alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and accountability for such violations. While domestic authorities have primary responsibility to ensure that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law are held accountable, international accountability mechanisms can become appropriate in circumstances in which a state is unable or unwilling to meet its obligations. We continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to quickly demonstrate that it is able and willing to meet these obligations as it seeks reconciliation. We hope the Sri Lankans will themselves do this, but if they do not, there will be growing pressure from the international community to examine other options.

PRN: 2011/1081