Sending Office: Honorable Bill Johnson
On October 1, 2015, the US and Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1 at the UN Human Rights Council. This resolution set up a transitional justice process in Sri Lanka for war crimes and crimes against humanity that were allegedly committed during and after
the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. Since the signing of the resolution, Sri Lanka has taken slow steps to implement a transitional justice process. Furthermore, while the Sri Lankan government received an additional two-year extension to fulfil
its commitments at the recent U.N. Human Rights Council meetings in March, the UN High Commissioner called on Sri Lanka for speedier and more meaningful implementation of its promises for accountability and transitional justice from the 2015 and 2017 council
Additionally, many are aware of the tragic series of bombings on Easter Sunday that occurred at Catholic churches and at hotels located in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. While the Sri Lankan government continues to investigate and respond to these attacks,
and a full picture of why and how they occurred is not yet fully formed, it is clear that these attacks targeted and took hundreds of innocent lives, many of whom were Sri Lankans practicing their faith on Easter Sunday.
As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka, we invite you to a panel discussion on the current status of human rights and the implementation of transitional justice in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka: The Current Status of Human Rights and Transitional Justice
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
The Hon. Gary Anandasangaree, Canadian Member of Parliament
Juan Mendez, Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence, American University Washington College of Law
Danica Damplo, Analyst, Universal Rights Group
Francisco Bencosme, Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Amnesty International USA
If you have any questions or would like to RSVP for the event, please contact Laura Wilson with Rep. Bill Johnson (Laura.Wilson@mail.house.gov).
Bill Johnson Danny K. Davis
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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