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UN 'Rights Up Front Action Plan' based on Sri Lanka Panel of Experts report

The UN has said it has prepared an action plan to prevent human rights violations in countries after learning from the final phase of the military conflict in Sri Lanka, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the newly introduced 'Rights Up Front Action Plan' is based on what a UN Panel of Experts learned from the situation in Sri Lanka. On June 22, 2010, the Secretary-General then appointed a Panel of Experts to advise him on the implementation of the joint commitment and the issue of accountability with regard to any alleged violations of international human rights and humanitarian law during the final stages of the conflict Yasmin Sooka, the FHR dirctor served on the three-member panel with Steve Ratner (US). The panel was chaired by was chaired by Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia).

"As you know, I established a Panel of Experts and the Panel of Experts requested me to see whether the United Nations had done...Addressed properly," Ban said while addressing a year-end press briefing at the UN Headquarters yesterday.

"We had a very serious internal review. As a result of this we established this very important action plan. Of course, this 'Rights Up Front Action Plan' is not aiming at any particular country or any particular case. This will be used for all countries and all cases, all situations," he said.

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