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* Core Group on Sri Lanka expresses concerns over new government’s domestic process for reconciliation
Tue, Sep 15, 2020, 08:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 15, Colombo: The Core Group on Sri Lanka while appreciating the new government’s continuing commitment to reconciliation among communities told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva to pay special attention to the new domestic process for reconciliation as previous such processes were not sufficient.

Delivering a statement to the UNHRC during its ongoing 45th Session in Geneva today, the Core Group noted the UN Human Rights High Commissioner’s concerns on Sri Lanka in her update.

The UK's International Ambassador for Human Rights, Rita French, delivering the statement on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka, paid tribute to the people of Sri Lanka and to all those involved in delivering safe and peaceful Parliamentary elections, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

She noted that next March, the Council will consider an important report by the High Commissioner, on human rights, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

Specifically, it will consider the steps taken to implement resolution 30/1, through which, in 2015, the Council created a consensual framework to help Sri Lanka heal the wounds of its past and to address unresolved serious violations and abuses documented by the High Commissioner. This framework was renewed twice by this Council by consensus and with the explicit support of Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador remarked that the Government of Sri Lanka has been clear to the Council that it no longer supports resolution 30/1. “The Core Group, once again, reiterated its profound disappointment at this development,” she added.

She noted that the Sri Lankan Government has also stated its continuing commitment to fostering reconciliation, justice and peaceful coexistence among Sri Lanka’s diverse communities and has suggested that a new domestic process will take this agenda forward.

“While we appreciate this continued commitment, previous such processes have, regrettably, proved insufficient to tackle impunity and deliver real reconciliation. This Council will want to pay particular attention to how the new approach, will differ from these previous attempts and put the victims of conflict at its heart,” she said adding that the future of the Independent Commissions including the Office for Missing Persons and Office for Reparations will be particularly important.

The Ambassador said, in the meantime the group continues to hear concerns about an increasingly difficult operating environment for civil society and human rights groups in Sri Lanka.

“Instances of intimidation, harassment and surveillance continue, including threats to families of disappeared persons. Individuals are detained indefinitely without appearance before court, such as lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah,” she told the UNHRC.

Ambassador French on behalf of the Core Group said Sri Lanka’s dynamic and diverse civil society lies at the heart of its vibrant democracy. The Core Group expressed its strong solidarity with Sri Lanka’s civil society, and human rights defenders, and calls on the government to take all steps necessary to allow them to operate freely.

 

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