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GL Slams UNHCR report on Sri Lanka

Minister Prof G L Peiris speaking to reporters

ECONOMYNEXT- The report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding Sri Lanka has been submitted for the benefit of foreign governments, Minister of Education Prof G.L. Peiris has charged.

He told reporters on Monday that the report has nothing to do with the welfare of Sri Lanka and it has been prepared using this country as a political football.

The Minister said that the report is biased and it does not present facts in a just manner, which the office of the Commissioner has acknowledged and decided to revise.

It is the draft resolution presented by the core group which will be revised to match the report of the High Commissioner.

“The striking feature is that the report has nothing to do with what happened during the war, that report has been prepared regarding the internal affairs of our country. The report of the High Commissioner directly interferes with the internal affairs of this country,” he added.

Further, he said that the war criminals with clear evidence of war crimes do not live in Sri Lanka but in countries that are pursuing Sri Lanka with war crime allegations.

“Children between the ages of 12 and 14 are forcibly abducted from school. Where do those who were involved in the war and put cyanide capsules around the necks of those children live today? The perpetrators are living in those countries. No action has been taken against them,” he said.

Peiris said that the countries that are so silent, continue to pursue our war heroes with war crimes allegations, “This program has nothing to do with justice, fairness and human rights. We do not see any other objects in this overall program other than the desire to directly intervene in the internal affairs of our country and strengthen foreign forces,” he added.

However, he said that the government is trying to protect the Sri Lankan war heroes from absurd allegations within the legal framework.

“It is the aspiration of our people, it is manifested by the huge mandate given by the people in the recent Presidential and Parliamentary elections,” the minister said.

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The draft resolution by the core group includes the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Malawi, Montenegro and North Macedonia will be presented for the 47-member UNHRC to discuss and debate.

The session, which is on till 23 March, is yet to take a call whether or not a vote will take place to adopt the resolution.

The Council (UNHRC) has adopted seven resolutions on the question of human rights in Sri Lanka since May 2009. (Colombo/March01/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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