A statement by Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council on the closing day of its 19th session yesterday (Friday) also notes that pressure and various other methods were used to obtain support for the U.S sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka.
The statement said that Sri Lanka rejects all form of unilateralism, threats, sanctions, blockades, conditionality and an orchestrated disinformation campaign on the country.
“Today one country deems itself the depository of a mission to dictate to the rest of the world its vision of democracy, of human rights, of development. Is any of us safe from becoming the next target, the object of pressure, even of military aggression, the detriment of our peoples and their right to life?” the statement said.
However the government delegation did not name the country it sees as a dictator although it was apparent Sri Lanka was referring to the U.S which pushed for the resolution on Sri Lanka and which was subsequently adopted.
Sri Lanka called for unity in the common struggle to defend its sovereignty, independence, and the free choice of the people to shape their own society and destiny.
The government delegation in Geneva said Sri Lanka will continue its policy of peace and reconciliation ad will also continue to defend the independence and the prerogatives of the Human Rights Council.
Meanwhile the delegation also said it has sought a clarification on the allegations that members of the government delegation had threatened and intimidated human rights defenders.
However the delegation says so far it has not received any clarification. (Colombo Gazette)