Feb 17, 2015 (LBO) – The United Nations had delayed the report of alleged human rights violations in during the Tamil tiger war in Sri Lanka until September 2015, given the changing political context in the island. He said that the three experts, who were appointed by his predecessor Navi Pillay to advise the investigation, had informed him that, in their unanimous view, a one-off temporary deferral would be the best option to allow space for the new Government to show its willingness to cooperate on human rights issues.
Taking all this into account, I have therefore decided, on balance, to request more time to allow for a stronger and more comprehensive report, Zeid said.
I am acutely aware that many victims of human rights violations in Sri Lanka, including those who have bravely come forward to provide information to the inquiry team, might see this is as the first step towards shelving, or diluting, a report they have long feared they would never see,
I fully understand those fears and deep anxieties, given the history of failed or obstructed domestic human rights inquiries in Sri Lanka, and the importance of this international investigation being carried out by my team at the UN Hu