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* Core Group on Sri Lanka to present resolution at UNHRC to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights
Fri, Feb 19, 2021, 08:31 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 19, Colombo: The Core Group on Sri Lanka intends to present a resolution to the United Nations Human Rights Council at the upcoming session to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the Group said.

Issuing a public statement on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group while recognizing the progress Sri Lanka made in physical developments said more needs to be done to build a sustainable peace in the country.

“We recognize and welcome the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, land return and resettling internally displaced persons. However, it is clear that more needs to be done to address the harmful legacies of war and build a sustainable peace in the country,” the statement said.

The Core Group paid tribute to the people of Sri Lanka and highlighted their ongoing commitment to accountability, reconciliation, and inclusive peace in Sri Lanka.

This month, the United Nations Human Rights Council will consider an important report recently published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on human rights, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka.

The Core Group said it has been important for the Group to work collaboratively and constructively with the Government of Sri Lanka over the last five years. “Consequently, we have engaged with the Government of Sri Lanka in preparation for the Council,” it said.

The Core Group restated the ongoing importance of addressing Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council. Informed by the report, the Core Group intends to present a resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.

 

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