The three member United Nations panel that was set up by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to advise him on matters relating to possible violations of humanitarian law and human rights in Sri Lanka will probably meet in July, Spokesperson for the Secretary General has said.
Martin Nesirsky, answering reporters following a UN press briefing on Friday (25th) said that the panel would be ” getting together relatively soon, within the coming month. In other words, in July”, although he had mentioned that he didnt know exactly when they would meet.
He had said that although the panel had been named, they were yet to convene and discuss the ‘finer points’ of their functions and duties with the United Nations, following which only, the four month time frame set for the panel’s research would begin.
In the face of criticism from Sri Lanka, Russia and China, the UN has consistently insisted that the function of the panel lies only in offering their expertise and advise to the Secretary General and not in investigating, fact finding or being part of a process of inquiry leveled against the island.
Featuring Indonesia’s former Attorney General Marzuki Darusman as Chair, South African human rights activist Yasmin Sooka and the USA’s international law specialist Steve Ratner, the panel is expected to look into Sri Lanka’s human rights commitments, implementations and accountability processes.