Demos held against UNHRC resolution


Massive demonstrations were held this morning in several parts of the country against a resolution to be presented against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Demonstrations were held in Batticaloa, Kandy, Hambantota, Ratnapura, Je-Ela and Dambulla, among other areas, this morning.

Prime Minister D.M Jayaratne, speaking at one of the rallies, said that some people are ready to sacrifice their lives against moves to infringe on Sri Lanka’s soverignity.

Meanwhile a demonstration was also staged near the American Embassy in Colombo today. Security was tight and the road opposite the Embassy was closed during the protest.

A massive demonstration is also scheduled to take place in Colombo this afternoon against the proposed resolution.

The Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith in a statement this morning also condemned attempts to submit a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.

Meanwhile the External Affairs Ministry said that heavy diplomatic campaigning was underway both in Geneva, Switzerland and in other countries in support and against Sri Lanka.

“External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris has already met several diplomats in Geneva and will be meeting more in other countries over the next few days,” a spokesman at the Ministry said.

According to reports the United States will present a resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council session which begins in Geneva today demanding that the government implement all the recommendations of a war commission appointed by Sri Lanka itself and to also hold accountable those responsible for committing human rights abuses.