US to encourage reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka

150430181211_tom_malinowski_512x288_afpgettyThe United States will be encouraging reconciliation and justice in Sri Lanka in keeping with the joint resolution the Government co-sponsored with the US at the UN Human Rights Council, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski said.

He said this after releasing the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices compiled by the US State Department.

Also speaking at the event, Us Secretary of State John Kerry said that the world has seen important democratic gains in such countries as Tunisia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Burma, though in each there are challenges that still need to be overcome.

“But we are working closely with each of those countries in efforts to help meet those challenges,” Kerry said.

The 2015 Reports highlight the intensified global crackdown by an increasing number of states on members of civil society.

Government efforts to stifle civil society were achieved through overt or direct means including through harassment, intimidation, detention, and restrictions on their ability to operate; through the implementation of overly broad counterterrorism or national security laws to control the freedom to assemble and to suppress dissent; and through more nuanced yet burdensome bureaucratic procedures such as the passage of NGO legislation that restricts the operating space for human rights organizations.

The collective result of these measures has led to the silencing of independent voices, a growing impoverishment of political discourse, and diminishing avenues for peaceful expression and change. (Colombo Gazette)

 

11 COMMENTS

  1. Well the biggest spoilers on earth. What America done for Libya and Iraq will haunt them for generations. Sri Lankan resistance came within and was not inflicted by the Grubby hands of the US UK France or EU. So the best way to encourage reconciliation is to get ready to do business. When you your market is closed with embargos and your policy shines with duplicity and your actions justify the Illegal Israel Occupation in Gaza and your statements undermined the common low and the embrace the United nations what kind of Moral value anyone learn by following your steps?

  2. Yes George, THE VERY REASON WHY THE WESTERN BOOT LICKER BATALANDA MURDERER RANIL WICKREMASINGHE HAD TO GO TO CHINA WITH A BEGGING BOWL AS THE WEST IS UNABLE TO SUPPORT ANY COUNTRY FINANCIALLY!!!
    ALTHOUGH THE FOOLISH WAIRAPALA & RANIL FELL INTO THE TRAP/COUP OF THE WEST,THEY HAD NO SALVATION!!! ULTIMATELY THEY WENT BEGGING TO CHINA & GOT BELLYFULL TO:
    (1) RESTART THE COLOMBO PORT CITY DEVEOPMENT PROJECT PLANNED BY THE GREATEST SAVIOUR OF SRI LANKA HON MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE ,
    (2) RECOMMENCE THE 1000 ACRE HAMBANTOTA DEVELOPMENT PROJECT,
    (3) RECOMMENCE THE MATTALA AIRORT DEVEPMENT PROJECTS,
    WHICH WERE ALL INITIATED BY GREAT MAHINDA RAJAPAKSE!!!

  3. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel for minority Tamils, who suffered under the Sinhala state terrorism. Hopefully this will bring a lasting solution to the long suffering minorities in Sri Lanka.

    • Dear Ziggy,

      You need to go through a rehabilitation programme to think humanly. Please come to Sri Lanka, we will arrange it for you. After all you are our fellow countrymen, sooner you get rehabilitated is better for you and for the world. Meantime, please go to my facebook account and read my article “Tamils’ and their leaders’ sad status.” it is in Tamil language for Tamils to understand easily.

  4. It is unlikely that people will listen to US on human right advises. For many years US has used UN and NATO to achieve their ulterior motives rather than giving peaceful solutions to troubled countries. During the 30 year brutal Tamil Terrorist war, US never offered help to stop killings by Tamil Terrorists; but now Sri Lanka is a peaceful country and they do not need your advice for harmony.

  5. Why can’t you people mind your own business and leave Sri Lanka alone to solve their problems if there are any.Only roblem we have in Sri Lanka is the LTTE TAMIL DIASPORA THRU THE WEST CREATING UNWANTED PROBLEMS???

  6. I urge the Sri Lankan leaders to move according to the current situation. Especially, the leaders must take decisions while considering Tamils’ mindset. Tamils are faithful to the foreign powers far more than to their motherland. Do not fall for the foreign power’s trick, it fools others by fake morality. Before they preach to others, let them acknowledge that Native Americans are the true owners of America through their constitution, and also let them do a genuine war crimes probe in Iraq and Afghanistan. Do not let them use moral as a weapon.

  7. It is disappointing to note that a country that didn’t encourage the Terrorist Group LTTE to give up arms taking all this trouble since they were defeated to penalize those who fought to liberate Sri Lanka from the ruthless group. Where are your priorities US? Are you disappointed that the war that lasted thirty years is over. Disgraceful.

  8. Why don’t you practice what you preach? How about treating Palestinian’s with dignity and decency instead murdering them?

  9. Hi,
    Mr tom,
    We Sri Lankans doen’t need your advices from your administration.
    We are mature enough to handle our affairs.Please leave us and mind your own problems in USA.
    Thank you.

  10. Dear Mr Under secretary, Tom.
    Can you tell me “one ” country that you build for the last 20 years. We Sri Lankan does’nt need your advicese . All your Government doing is geo Politics. Please leave us to resolve our problems,for You have more issues than us to handle.
    Thank you.

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