Lanka accuses US of HR abuses

The Sri Lankan government has accused the United States of committing human rights abuses.
Government Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says there were reports that the US had killed civilians during its military operations in Afghanistan.
However he noted most countries are overlooking the abuses committed by the US and yet making allegations against countries like Sri Lanka.
In one of the reported incidents last year a US soldier in Afghanistan had killed at least 16 civilians and wounded five after entering their homes in Kandahar province.
Yapa says the Sri Lankan government will not be shaken by such allegations and will instead continue with its policies for the country.
Among the most noted policies of the government, the Minister noted, is the free education and free health system.
He says if the government is not at fault if the public in Sri Lanka fail to identify the efforts of the government.
The allegations against the United States comes after the US formally submitted the draft resolution on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council currently meeting in Geneva.
The resolution was submitted last afternoon (Friday), Geneva time, after the document was initially circulated among Council members.
The draft resolution titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’ is still open for amendments before it is discussed at the Council and debated on.
The resolution notes the UN High Commissioner for Human Right’s call for an independent and credible international investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Sri Lanka
It also expressing concern at the alleged continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, including enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture,violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly,as well as intimidation of and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society and journalists, and threats to judicial independence and the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette)