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Sri Lanka emphasizes at the UN Human Rights Council that it is dedicated to protecting human rights

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 13, 2019 18:48

Sri Lanka emphasizes at the UN Human Rights Council that it is dedicated to protecting human rights

Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva, Dayani Mendis has said that a proper recognition should be given to the achievements Sri Lanka has made in the midst of many challenges including the Easter Sunday attacks. She was addressing the 42nd sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The UN representative said Sri Lanka received the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances in November 2015. She said Sri Lanka has received 10 UN special procedure mandate holders, with one more visit scheduled for October this year.

The implementation of many of the actions recommended by these mandate holders, as oriented to Sri Lanka’s national priorities, has been in the forefront of Sri Lanka’s path towards reconciliation, development and protection and promotion of human rights in the past few years. This could be noted from the status of implementation by Sri Lanka of a number of recommendations of the Working Group.

Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka said the achievements just enumerated have been the outcome of measured but steady national processes that involved extensive consultations with all stakeholders, drafting of new legislation, and formulation of new policies.The Sri Lankan representative said as they proceed on their path, they urge this Council to accord due recognition to these gains made by Sri Lanka amidst numerous challenges, including a spate of terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of many hundreds of innocent Sri Lankans as well as foreigners on Easter Sunday this year and that has compelled Sri Lanka to realign its immediate priorities.

It is important to underscore, however, Sri Lanka’s commitment to principles enabling the proliferation and protection of human rights for all its citizens, even as Sri Lanka face numerous challenges in the post-Easter Sunday context.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 13, 2019 18:48