United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) rebels in Parliament today strongly opposed the resolution on Sri Lanka before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
The UPFA rebels demanded that the Government oppose the resolution saying it is still a threat to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty despite claims it has been watered down.
“The Government has said it will cosponsor the resolution in Geneva. This is the biggest betrayal to our country. At this last minute we urge the Government not to cosponsor the resolution even at this last minute,” UPFA Parliamentarian and Mahajana Eksath Peramuna leader Dinesh Gunawardena said.
Gunawardena said that there is enough proof to say the resolution goes against the country and so the coalition Government must oppose it.
UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara said that the resolution is a clear attempt by the US to make Sri Lanka agree to an international mechanism.
He said that Sri Lanka has been forced to be dictated upon by the US and not establish the rule of law.
Nanayakkara said that Sri Lanka has a system capable of addressing domestic issues and so the question arises as to why the Government is backing a resolution which includes a foreign hand in a domestic process.
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said that despite the Government saying it has not agreed to a hybrid court, the reality is that the resolution calls a Commonwealth and Foreign role in the judicial process when investigating alleged human rights abuses. (Colombo Gazette)