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Human Rights Council lauds political dedication in Sri Lanka

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By ITN News Editor March 22, 2019 19:23

Human Rights Council lauds political dedication in Sri Lanka

The United Nations Human Rights Council has without a vote adopted the consensus resolution on Sri Lanka which proposes to give more time to Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments for reconciliation and transnational justice. Accordingly Sri Lanka has two more years to implement the 2015 Resolution. Foreign Affairs Minister TilakMarapana said the Sri Lankan government considers the Resolution mandating an extension of two years until March 2021, to make further progress on human rights, reconciliation and accountability, as a mark of recognition of Sri Lanka’s political commitment and the progressive steps already taken by the Government since 2015.
Minister TilakMarapone pointed out thatSri Lanka’s open, and constructive approach towards the work of this Council is well acknowledged. They had engaged with seven core Treaty Bodies, and had also facilitated eight visits by special procedures for mandate holders and independent experts, resulting in a total of over 1000 recommendations, for expeditious implementation by Sri Lanka,”
The Minister said they have to set their priorities right and are committed to find innovative and pragmatic solutions to protect the country’s national interest and the well-being of all Sri Lankans alike, guided by the provisions of the supreme law of the land – The Constitution. Sri Lanka’s co-sponsorship of this year’s Resolution assures to all concerned persons, the Sri Lankan society at large, and to all their interlocutors outside the country, that they will continue to move forward within these parameters, to ensure eventual closure.
Minister Marapone welcomed the assistance and cooperation received from partners as required, and invited the OHCHR to engage closely with the relevant local institutions and independent bodies including the National Human Rights Commission, in verifying facts on ground, which will help OHCHR to provide more objective and realistic assessment on the progress made in Sri Lanka and on its genuine challenges, to this Council next year.
The Minister concluded that Sri Lanka takes this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of the members of the Core-Group, and thank all Members of this Council for supporting a consensus outcome today.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 22, 2019 19:23

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