Government notes importance of addressing human rights issues

The Government today noted the importance of addressing human rights related issues following the end of the war.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that addressing human rights concerns will not only heal individual wounds but will also protect the future of the country.

The Deputy Minister was speaking at an event held in Jaffna today to mark National reconciliation week.

Dr. Harsha de Silva said that several people in Sri Lanka have been affected by violence.

He also noted that many continue to suffer as the fate of their loved ones who disappeared is not known.

“Respect for the rule of law and political stability is crucial for development,” he added.

The Deputy Minister said that he hopes cabinet will approve the much looked forward to Human Rights National Action Plan when it meets tomorrow.

He said that there are no shortcuts in the reconciliation process and Sri Lanka will take time to complete the process based on a road map.

The Deputy Minister also said that the issue of language is what keeps the communities apart.

He said the children today have the potential of resolving the issue by learning the two National languages. (Colombo Gazette)