United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has appointed a special panel to help advise him on matters relating to Rights Violations, that may have taken place in Sri Lanka during the final stages of the conflict with the LTTE.
The three member panel is chaired by Indonesia’s former Attorney General Marzuki Darusman – who was once a member of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons – commissioned in 2006, to monitor Sri Lanka’s probe into a number of human rights violations.
Also part of the three member panel established by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, is South African Yasmin Sooka, a prominent human rights activist, having served as member in both the South African and Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commissions.
American Professor of Law Steve Ratner – specialist in public international law – who during the period of 1998 – 1999 was part of a panel set up by the UN to look into the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge, brings up the third in the panel.
The panel is expected only to advise United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the issue of accountability, when looking into possible violations of human rights and humanitarian law, during the final stages of the civil war.