June 27, 2012
The government says the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers is time bound and is currently at the implementation phase.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the UN Dr. Palitha Kohona said that Sri Lanka will, with or without outside interventions, continue to take all necessary measures to heal its wounds.
“Outside interventions, even if they are well intentioned, will cause internal resentment, re-open wounds and complicate reconciliation efforts,” Dr. Kohona’s office quoted him as saying.
He further said that unprecedented progress has been made in the areas of resettlement of IDPs, restoration of schools and health facilities, rehabilitation and reintegration of former child soldiers and adult combatants, infrastructure development and restoration of livelihoods, through a multi-faceted reconstruction and development programme.
“More than 95% of the displaced have now been successfully returned to their towns and villages. The balance will be so returned this year,” he said.
Sri Lanka would also be submitting itself to the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council in October 2012 and looks forward to discussing questions relating to all pertinent issues at that time, Dr. Kohona added.