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* Government assures to safeguard human rights while ensuring the economic and political stability of Sri Lanka
Thu, Mar 25, 2021, 08:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 25, Colombo: Despite the assertions of external parties, The Government of Sri Lanka will safeguard human rights while ensuring the economic and political stability of the country, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, Dinesh Gunawardena assured.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena delivering a special statement regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution in parliament Thursday said Sri Lanka is a sovereign state and the Government will protect that sovereignty.

The Minister pointed out that that the Government has rejected the resolution and had already informed its withdrawal from an earlier document tabled at the Council co-sponsored by the former Government.

He said the Sri Lankan Government will address accountability issues in Sri Lanka through a domestic mechanism.

The Foreign Minister reiterated that Sri Lanka will continue engaging with United Nations agencies, despite the UNHRC adopting a resolution on Sri Lanka.

The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva Tuesday adopted a resolution entitled “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” on alleged human rights violations by Sri Lanka during the final days of the separatist war.

The resolution requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka.

Adopting the resolution the Council decided to strengthen the capacity of the OHCHR to collect, consolidate, analyze and preserve information and evidence and to develop possible strategies for future accountability processes for gross violations of human rights or serious violations of international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka to advocate for victims and survivors, and to support relevant judicial and other proceedings, including in Member States, with competent jurisdiction.

 

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