Government says no new commitments after Zeid’s report

The Government says there will be no additional or new commitments for Sri Lanka arising from the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for human rights, Zeid al-Hussein which was submitted to the ongoing 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The Foreign Ministry quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva as saying Sri Lanka will undertake a two-year extension of the timeline for fulfilment of commitments made in Resolution 30/1.

“During the Government headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Human Rights Council, on 27 March 2014, adopted Resolution 25/1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, requesting the High Commissioner, inter alia, to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the LLRC, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders, ” he said.

Following this request of the Council, the High Commissioner launched the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL), a first of this nature carried out by an external entity on matters pertaining to Sri Lanka.

“Moreover, further international action was being envisaged on Sri Lanka as a result of the Government’s inaction on matters pertaining to rule of law, reconciliation, and governance, at the time the Presidential Election was held on 8 January 2015,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said.

Following the Presidential election on 8 January 2015, the National Unity Government of Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, took steps to take ownership of reconciliation, rule of law, accountability, human rights and governance issues. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. The UN has no other work except Sri Lankas issues. And they Only represent the Tamil ltte nothing else. Current regime using UN for political mileage. Country at standstill and gone from bad to worse. Blame game and no intentions of bringing the country up but hiding under the name of good governance which is Nothing.No vision or idea of running a country. On the other the Tamil Christians, Tamil Muslim, Tamil Hindus are converting Buddhist and pushing their Tamil agendas. The Majority Sinhalese are misled like never before. International interferences seems the norm. The head is lost and the Tail is missing.

  2. You tamils feel the guilt for your own scheming.
    What is there is to in an ownership? It was destroyed by tamils themselves
    Seminary in Ampitiya, Kandy,the place that promoted unity among Sinhala/Tamils was divided on racial lines.
    Single Province idea for the OMI’s abandoned. why?
    CTB was nationalised enabled it angered the high caste Tamil leaders.
    Standardisation changed the composition in Unis between Vellala & other Tamils.
    At the request of maha sabha 15 scools were established for minority tamils.
    Low caste turumbas forbiden could not cross path of a vellala. He had to travel by night clearing his foot prints
    Ponn.. Arunachalan (ramanatha/) went on a special mission to London to retain the caste system in Jaffna.
    Poured scorn on Batti tamils and called indian coolies.
    vellalas used the church
    Suicidal act of a pregnant woman on kalavedda fonseka?
    Velupillai Kandasamy a marist trade unionist shot dead by British police. When the body arrived at Jaffna railway station GGP stood by the body and said he was killed by sinhalese. This was 1947.
    1989 Amir & Yoges, Mrs. Yoges 1998.
    KALVIAN KAADU CHETTY who coined the group Tigers the original leqader.
    Also killed pathunam & micheal

    Ownership meant nothing to the vellala tamils as a whole who rode the church for their ulterior motive.
    Emmanuels jesus was piripaharan you Catholic christians cheer leaders.

  3. The last para says: “Following the Presidential election on 8 January 2015, the National Unity Government of Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, took steps to take ownership of reconciliation, rule of law, accountability, human rights and governance issues.”

    If they took ownership what have they done? Very little I am afraid. Nothing on war crimes. On governance, lots of criminals in cabinet. Etc., etc.

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