Sri Lanka core group to present resolution at UN Human Rights Council

ECONOMYNEXT – Several countries that form a ‘core group’ promoting accountability in Sri Lanka will present a new resolution at the UN Human Rights Council at its upcoming sessions, in the wake of a report being compiled.

“We recognise and welcome the progress made by the Government of Sri Lanka in rebuilding infrastructure, demining, land return and resettling internally displaced persons,” the Core Group of countries made up of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro said in a statement.

“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.

“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.

“Informed by the report, the Core Group intends to present a resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka.”

Last year the Core Group highlighted the case of lawyer Hejaaz Hibullah.

The current resolution comes as Sri Lanka operates a policy of forced cremations of Muslim and Christian Coronavirus victims on a claim that the virus will spread through the water table.

The full statement is reproduced below

Core Group Public Statement

This statement is on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka.

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The Core Group pays tribute to the people of Sri Lanka and wishes to highlight our ongoing commitment to accountability, reconciliation, and inclusive peace in Sri Lanka.

We recognise 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.

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.

It has been important for the Core 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.

The Core Group restates 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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