Australia and Lanka discuss human rights issue

Ric Wells

Australia and Sri Lanka have had talks on several key issues, including on reconciliation and human rights.

The issues were discussed at a meeting held between the Deputy Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ric Wells and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said.

Ric Wells led the Australian delegation to inaugural Senior Officials’ Talks with Sri Lanka in Colombo this week.

Wells and his counterpart from the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Additional Secretary Ranjith Uyangoda, discussed opportunities in trade and investment, development assistance, reconciliation and human rights, as well as people-to-people links. Australia and Sri Lanka’s broader roles as Indo-Pacific neighbours were also addressed.

“I was pleased to visit Colombo for these inaugural talks, which will enable us to build our already strong relationship. This year, a major focus was on strengthening cooperation in ways that build our economic relationship. Australia welcomes the Sri Lankan government’s focus on economic growth and reform. Australia will also continue to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress on national reconciliation,” Wells said.

“Clearly, now is a time of great optimism in Sri Lanka. As a long-time friend and partner, we share this belief and see great potential for our relationship to grow in new and dynamic ways,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Australia is the last country to preach democracy and human rights to the developing countries.The Australian Indigenous communities remain the most vulnerable sectors of the society throughout Australia. Some parts of indigenous communities are worse off than the poorest African communities in the remotest regions of Africa. The Australian government still refuses to acknowledge indigenous people as the first inhabitants of Australia through its constitution. Four out of seven indigenous children are damaging their brain by paint and petrol sniffing before they even get into teenage life. The Australia’s injustice was systematically engineered by the power elites to make sure that indigenous communities won’t progress to have knowledge, in order to control indigenous people’s resources freely.

    It is very apparent that at each historical point in time, indigenous communities have suffered from a deep rooted distrust of giving practical effect to their rights, and the idea of justice. Among Australia’s elite today, there is a habit of blaming indigenous communities for their harsh lifestyle in order to hide Australia’s injustice. The lack of justice is affecting all citizens; it is especially affecting the white Australians ethically. This deficit of justice has impacted the indigenous communities adversely throughout many generations; resulting in physical and psychological torture, enforced separations from their family members and even death. Most importantly, this phenomenon has been manifested not only during the British colonization, but also in the present.

    Due to my writings the Australian government had deleted my citizenship. After the intense fight it has reinstated my citizenship in September 2008. However, it still refuses to give a reason for its inhumane act. I urge the Australian government to come up with clean hands. Australia and its allies must understand one important thing. They will be struggling to keep their moral high ground to undermine the Russians and Chinese while fooling people like us.

  2. Australians although mostly white settlers at the expense of neighbouring Asians like Indonesians, are not qualified to talk Human rights, whilst they are returning refugee Boats by paying bribes to the Captains of Boats. All must salute Ankela Merkel Chancellor of Germany for opening the doors for Syrian Refugees despite religious differences.

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