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Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka

The Secretary-General has appointed a Panel of Experts that will advise him on the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka.  Its members are:  Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Chair; Yasmin Sooka (South Africa); and Steven Ratner (United States).

The Panel will advise the Secretary-General on the implementation of the commitment on human rights accountability made in the Joint Statement issued by President [Mahinda] Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and the Secretary-General during the latter’s visit to Sri Lanka in May 2009.  It will look into the modalities, applicable international standards and comparative experience with regard to accountability processes, taking into account the nature and scope of any alleged violations in Sri Lanka.  It will be available as a resource to Sri Lankan authorities should they wish to avail themselves of its expertise in implementing the commitment.

In the conduct of its mandate, the Panel hopes to cooperate with concerned officials in Sri Lanka.  It is expected to complete its advisory responsibilities within four months of the commencement of its work.

The Secretary-General remains convinced that accountability is an essential foundation for durable peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.  Through the Panel, the Secretary-General expects to enable the United Nations to make a constructive contribution in this regard.

The Panel of Experts delivered its report to the Secretary-General during their meeting on 12 April 2011 where the Secretary-General expressed his sincere appreciation to the distinguished members of the Panel for having completed their assignment.

Following the recommendations of the Panel of Experts, the Secretary-General set up an "Internal Review Panel on UN actions in Sri Lanka." The Panel began work in late April 2012 and submitted its report to the Secretary-General in early November 2012.