Remarks at a Meeting of the Third Committee on a Briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice and Reparation, and Guarantees

Lindsey Whitehead
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
New York City
October 25, 2018


The United States supports both judicial and non-judicial accountability mechanisms to hold responsible perpetrators of atrocities, including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious human rights violations.

These are further supported by other measures including, but not limited to, truth and reconciliation commissions and reparations programs, critical to preventing the recurrence of atrocities.

The United States calls for a political solution to the Syrian conflict through a credible UN-led process that lays the groundwork for a Syrian state that respects human rights and holds accountable those who have committed atrocities.

The United States urges the Government of Burma to pursue accountability for human rights violations and abuses, implement recommendations of the Annan Commission report, and create conditions necessary for the voluntary, safe, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons to their places of origin.

The United States supports a robust Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic, which will hold accountable those responsible for decades of atrocities and will contribute to ending the cycle of violence.

The United States supports the advances Colombia has made to pursue accountability for those responsible for conflict-related human rights violations and abuses, which is essential to securing lasting peace in Colombia.

The United States calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to continue its progress implementing all aspects of the process outlined in HRC Resolution 30/1, including those related to accountability.

The United States calls on all States to promote truth, justice, and accountability, investigate all credible allegations of violations and abuses, and hold accountable those found responsible for such acts.

What strategies may countries that have had successful reconciliation processes be able to share?