In September 2015, Sri Lanka co-sponsored Resolution 30/1 at the 30th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).1 In doing so, the Sri Lankan government committed to a range of measures dealing with human rights, accountability, and reconciliation.
The government’s commitments in Resolution 30/1 have come to denote the main features of Sri Lanka’s transitional justice agenda, particularly with regard to accountability mechanisms for abuses suffered by victims of the conflict. Resolution 30/1 contains 36 distinct commitments that fall into five broad thematic categories: 1. Transitional justice and reconciliation 2. Rights and rule of law 3. Security and demilitarisation 4. Power sharing 5. International engagement Background The Sri Lankan government co-sponsored a fresh resolution during the 34th Session of the UNHRC, held in March 2017. Co-sponsored Resolution 34/1 reaffirms the above commitments, and requests that Sri Lanka fully implement measures identified in Resolution 30/1 that are outstanding. Sri Lanka’s progress on reconciliation, accountability, and human rights is due to be taken up for discussion at the UNHRC’s 37th Session to be held in February and March 2018. VR released an analysis of government progress in fulfilling the 36 actionable commitments in Resolution 30/1 in June 2016 and in March 2017. This briefing note contains an updated analysis of progress since March 2017.