Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka peace NGO calls on government to set timeline to implement joint UN resolution commitments
Fri, Mar 17, 2017, 08:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 17, Colombo: While agreeing that government of Sri Lanka needs more time to implement the joint UN resolution commitments, the National Peace Council (NPC), an independent and nonpartisan organization working towards peace in Sri Lanka, urged the government to set a timeline to fulfill those obligations to strengthen its credibility.

The NPC said it believes that it is necessary to give the government the additional time it seeks to fulfill all the obligations in the consensual resolution HRC 30/1 adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in October 2015.

"We also urge that as a confidence building measure and to sustain its own credibility before the Tamil people and international community, the government sets a time line to meet its commitment to the joint resolution of October 2015, which includes among others, concerns articulated by victims on missing persons, return of land, compensation to victims and accelerated demilitarization.

In a media release, the NPC said victims of the war in the North and East look to the process unfolding in Geneva to obtain justice for themselves and for their kin and hopeful that international intervention will resolve their problems and bring justice to them.

However, there is much dissatisfaction about the present situation where progress in finding missing persons, return of land, compensation to victims and demilitarization have been slow in coming.

The NPC also pointed out that Sri Lanka is one of the more positive examples of post-war progress despite the infirmities of its reconciliation process and commended the government for being agreeable to cooperation with both civil society within the country and with the international community on human rights issues, unlike its predecessor.

Full text of NPC media release:

Strengthening Credibility Requires Time Line for Implementing Commitments The ongoing session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is generating strong hopes and emotions especially in the former war zones of the north and east of the country and amongst the Tamil Diaspora. Many of the people living there have been direct victims of the war that lasted nearly three decades. They. They are hopeful that international intervention will resolve their problems and bring justice to them. There is much dissatisfaction about the present situation where progress in finding missing persons, return of land, compensation to victims and demilitarization have been slow in coming.

At a previous session of the UNHRC in October 2015, the government promised to deliver on these and other targets and report on implementation at the current session. While the government has reported the constructive changes it has made, the progress does not encompass the gamut of promises made either in depth or in spread. The government has therefore asked for two more years to implement its commitments. Many in the Tamil community see a repetition of broken promises by successive Sri Lankan governments where it concerns political solutions to the ethnic conflict. A joint appeal made by Tamil civil society organizations, political parties and trade unions calls on the UNHRC to deny the government the time it seeks and to conduct an independent international investigation instead.

In considering how to move forward it is important to note that in the current international context, Sri Lanka is one of the more positive examples of post-war progress despite the infirmities of its reconciliation process. This is why it appears that the international community seeks more to support the government's actions rather than to engage in punitive or coercive actions with regard to it. This is a government that has been agreeable to cooperation with both civil society within the country and with the international community on human rights issues, unlike its predecessor.

The National Peace Council believes it is necessary to give the government the additional time it seeks. We also urge that as a confidence building measure and to sustain its own credibility before the Tamil people and international community, the government sets a time line to meet its commitment to the joint resolution of October 2015, which includes among others, concerns articulated by victims on missing persons, return of land, compensation to victims and accelerated demilitarization.

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen for poaching in island waters
-- [5 hours ago]
Private sector technical team proposes to hold off the abolition of current SVAT system
-- [5 hours ago]
Pakistan, Sri Lanka relations firmly standing on the pillars of mutual trust and respect - High Commissioner
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to introduce new legislation to replace old Acts in financial sector to meet present day needs
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lankan woman nabbed at Bangalore airport for drug smuggling
-- [8 hours ago]
U.S. suggests Sri Lanka government to make a public strategy and time table to fulfill UN commitments
-- [8 hours ago]
Pakistan to showcase Gandhara art in Sri Lanka at the Vesak Festival
-- [9 hours ago]
Major General Mahesh Senanayake appointed Chief of Staff in Sri Lanka Army
World Water Day: U.S. Embassy helps provide clean drinking water in rural Sri Lanka
Finance Minister pays surprise visit to Sri Lanka Customs

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.