November 7, 2019
The report of the panel of experts appointed by the Secretary-General to advise him on accountability in Sri Lanka was finally published on 25 April. Among its findings, the experts list credible allegations, not yet investigated by the government, of gender-based violence in official camps set up in the final days of the conflict and during the resettlement process. Absent were special measures to address the needs of war-affected women, including widows, single-women headed households, wives and mothers of the detained and disappeared, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, female former combatants. Given the allegations of serious violations by the government and the LTTE, and the report’s recommendation that the Secretary-General establish an independent international mechanism to monitor Sri Lankan accountability efforts and conduct its own investigation, the Council is urged to consider the report with a view to establishing the independent international mechanism envisaged by the panel of experts.