Sept 17, Colombo: The United States and Germany brought the United Nations Human Right Council's attention to Sri Lanka when the General debate on the "Human rights situations that require the Council's attention" continued today in Geneva.
The United States delivering a prepared statement expressed concern over the reported incidents of violence in Sri Lanka
"We remain concerned by violence against religious minorities, excessive use of force by the military against peaceful protestors, violations of freedom of expression, and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists," the U.S. delegation said.
The U.S. said Sri Lanka should set dates for Special Rapporteurs to visit and provide relevant access.
Germany said its concerns remain high with respect to the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
Delivering a statement German Ambassador Hanns Schumacher told the Council that concrete steps to implement the LLRC report or investigate atrocities alleged to have been committed at the end of the civil war in 2009 have not been taken and the issues remain unresolved.
"At the same time, conditions for the work of journalists, human rights defenders and NGOs continue to deteriorate," Schumacher noted.
He said the upcoming elections in the Northern Province could help to reconcile and enfranchise the Tamil population, but only if they are free and fair and if the 13th amendment is not revoked.