Lanka rejects technical assistance

The government has refused to accept technical assistance from outside when addressing allegations on the violation of international humanitarian law despite the adoption of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.

Acting External Affairs Minister D.E.W Gunasekara, in a special statement to parliament today, said that the government will also not leave room for any outside intervention in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.

The resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council yesterday called on the government of Sri Lanka to implement the constructive recommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfil its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;

It also requested the government to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plan detailing the steps that the Government has taken and will take to implement the recommendations made in the Commission’s report, and also to address alleged violations of international law;

The resolution encourages the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Government of Sri Lanka to accept, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps and requests the Office of the High Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session.

The part in the resolution on technical assistance had initially called on the Human Rights Council to provide the assistance but it was later amended and said that such assistance should be provided only if Sri Lanka accepts it.  (Colombo Gazette)