Government committed to implement resolution

MangalaThe Government says it is committed to implement the resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the resolution signifies a path-breaking success for Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the current 30th Session.

He said that for the last several years, Sri Lanka was repeatedly humiliated by the international community with Resolutions that censured the conduct of our country. Successive resolutions since 2012, adopted by divisive and acrimonious voting, resulted in repeated defeats and isolation for Sri Lanka.

“Although the Government at the time claimed victory through a Resolution in the Human Rights Council in May 2009, that was hardly a victory for the people of Sri Lanka, as that effort failed to achieve consensus in the Council. The Resolution, which was adopted by a vote, antagonised a large number of members of the Council, paving the way for the series of Resolutions that followed in 2012, 2013 and 2014 that was an affront to the people of my country and brought disrepute to Sri Lanka. It was undoubtedly a period of embarrassmentand dishonour for the peace-loving, democratically oriented people of Sri Lanka who, for decades, had received acclaim among the United Nations community, as consensus builders, moderates and friends with all,” he said.

The Minister said that after almost three decades of conflict ended in 2009, the peace dividend that the people so richly deserved became illusive with each passing day, as impunity reigned, freedom was suppressed and democratic governance was curtailed.

“The desire of the people of our country to live in peace and harmony was denied to them. The opportunity to unite communities through reconciliation and build a nation that celebrates the rich diversity of our country was squandered away through action that sought to polarise communities even further and isolate the country internationally. Allegations of violations of human rights remained unaddressed and kept on mounting in the years following 2009. The nation was faced with international strictures and an investigation. The people of our country were deprived of the opportunity to gain the best knowledge and expertise from the international community, obtain access to markets, attract investment and benefit from economic advancement. Today, as a result of the determined efforts of the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe since January 2015, Sri Lanka has once again succeeded in joining the international community as a responsible, confident and peaceful nation that respects the universal values of freedom, equality and justice,” he said.

The Minister said that Sri Lanka has succeeded in winning over the once divided Human Rights Council to work with the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to achieve meaningful reconciliation through truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to ensure peace and prosperity for all our people.

“The victory that we have achieved today for the people of our nation, in line with the 100 Day Work Programme and Manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena, reflects the desire of the people of Sri Lanka expressed twice at elections this year, for justice, rule of law, good governance and accountability in all aspects of life. This includes credible investigations into alleged violations of human rights so that non-recurrence is guaranteed and the people of Sri Lanka can steadfastly progress towards reconciliation, peace and stability with the support and assistance of the international community and all stakeholders living in Sri Lanka and overseas,” he said.

The Minister said that the Resolution is in fact an endorsement by the international community that a credible accountability process will safeguard the reputation and honour of those who conducted themselves in an appropriate manner with professionalism.

“The invitation extended to the Sri Lanka security forces by the UN Peacekeeping Department to increase participation in global UN peacekeeping and the invitation extended to President Sirisena to participate in the Summit on Peace Operations co-chaired by the US President in New York on 28 September are clear examples of this fact. We are confident that Sri Lanka has the capacity, expertise and the commitment to implement the provisions of the resolution over a period of time, step by step, taking appropriate action that will ultimately vindicate that ournation and her people are at peace,assuming its rightful place among the community of nations. In tandem, we hope to march towards economic prosperity and social development,with benefits trickling down to all,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)

6 COMMENTS

  1. Nothing major to implement, this is a simple resolution. It would have been different and much harder resolution, if China extends its wing in Asia under the Rajapaksa government.

  2. They irony of the resolution is divide and rule. Tamils, Sinhalese, Indians, Chinese, Japanese and other Asians know that the West divide others to rule the world, but can’t resist the West’s offer due to self-centered life.

  3. All words but no action . As a priority demilitarise North and East and release all private lands to its owners for resettlement.

    • You are right Sellam. What prevents this government to release all those Tamil young men and women who are languishing in the prisons for so long without any solid charges? Even TNA which has supported this government all along is not taking up their case seriously. Solving the immediate problems of the Tamils is more important than talking on international level, and making jaunts to other countries. The conditions of the displaced people in the Vanni are pathetic and deplorable. Government should attend to ameliorate their condition immediately.

  4. Mangala Samaraweera’s bluff reminds us about a sarcastic folklore that says ‘a man who fell on his face boasted that his moustache did not touch the floor’. Just making flimsy changes in the wordings of UNHRC report means nothing. We can only fool ourselves and try to convince the gullible public that serious amendments to the report have been effected. It’s foolhardy!

  5. Congratulations on the successful efforts made by the new Government ! Hope peace and prosperity will follow within a united Sri Lanka.

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