EU notes limited progress in Sri Lanka

The European Union (EU) says there has been limited progress on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka last year.

Ireland Ambassador Gerard Corr, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today on behalf of the EU said that the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka and accountability and reconciliation should remain on the agenda of the Council.

At the beginning of the 22nd session of the UNHRC last month the Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore had urged the Council to keep Sri Lanka on the agenda over its human rights record.

Ireland holds the Presidency of the Council of European Union in the first half of 2013.

Earlier this month the European Union (EU) said it will push for accountability from Sri Lanka during the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

A statement following the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting in Brussels had said that the EU will also support efforts aimed at keeping the issues of accountability and reconciliation as well as the current human rights situation in Sri Lanka on the agenda of the Human Rights Council.

The EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted the conclusions on the stand it will take over various issues at the 22nd UN Human Rights Council session which in. (Colombo Gazette)