Sri Lanka assures UNHRC after Bachelet raised concerns

The Sri Lanka delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) briefed the Council today on progress made in Sri Lanka in addressing human rights concerns, national security imperatives, and reconciliation priorities.

Sri Lanka’s intervention under Agenda Item 2 of the Council, followed the Oral Update provided by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Madam Michelle Bachelet at the opening of the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council on 24 June 2019, where a reference was made to Sri Lanka.

Clarifying the latest situation in the Country following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks and its aftermath, Sri Lanka stated that it has made significant progress in assuring the security of all Sri Lankans and upholding law and order through the implementation of relevant laws and legal processes, among other important measures. 

Sri Lanka further asserted that the national institutions in Sri Lanka continued to make interventions on issues pertaining to violence and extremism, as the Government pursued effective measures that have led to the dismantling of terrorist networks in the Country.

The Sri Lankan delegation said that in keeping with its policy of constructive dialogue and cooperation, the Government will continue to engage with the UN Human Rights system and Sri Lanka’s international partners, to advance its national responsibility of assuring respect for dignity and equality, and safety and security of all Sri Lankans.

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