Sri Lanka gets more time for UN resolution; no new conditions: Harsha

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has got two more years to implement a United Nations resolutions, following March sessions of the human rights council but no new conditions have been added, Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said.

De Silva said Sri Lanka co-sponsored a ‘technical roll-over’ of the original resolution.

He said countries in the human rights council noted the progress made so far, and wanted the rest of the work to be done.

Sri Lanka’s government recognized the rights of people of all communities and faiths to be treated equally, he said.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein has presented a report, which renewed a call for international judges in a proposed war crimes inquiry.

De Silva said such requirement was not contained in the resolution and reports per se had no impact on sovereign states.

Sri Lanka as a sovereign state had informed the world body that it would respond to the contents of the report a future time when it was ready to do, he said.

Some critics say rulers in Sri Lanka has taken cover behind state sovereignty – a concept that emerged with the Treaty of Westphalia in Europe – to deny the sovereignty of individual citizens, rob their freedoms and de-humanize them.

Activists had said torture is widespread in Sri Lanka even after the end of a war and suspects taken into custody still die inside Sri Lankan police stations.

De Silva said action has been taken swiftly over the latest death in a police stations and the officer in charge of a police station has to meet the lawyer for a suspect after an arrest. (Colombo/Mar09/2017)






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