UN Panel

United Nations Expert Panel on Sri Lanka is an advisory panel created to advise UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on “the issue of accountability with regard to alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka”. It’s mandate is consultative and not binding to Sri Lanka. The Panel has been denied entry into Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan government.

The Expert Panel consists of Yasmin Sooka, Marzuki Darusman, and Steven Ratner. Ms. Sooka is a former Commissoner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Mr. Marzuki was the Attorney General of the Republic of Indonesia for the period 1999 to 2001. He has a member of the National Commission of Human Rights in Indonesia and has participated on two UN fact finding missions. Prof Steven Ratner is the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.

The panel was first appointed in June 22, 2010. It began its work in Sep 2010. Call for submission from the general public was made on middle of Oct 2010. The dead line for submissions is Dec 15, 2010. The panels four month mandate ends in the middle of middle of Jan 2011.


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