US raises concerns over alleged abuses in Sri Lanka

The United States (US) has raised concerns over alleged abuses by the Sri Lankan security services.

The concerns were raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the US Mission in Geneva.

“We welcome the Government’s decision to accept our recommendations on full implementation of HRC resolution 30/1 and on accountability for the government’s, including the security forces, human rights violations and abuses, as well as accountability for those responsible for harassment and violence against members of religious minority communities,” the US delegation said.

The US said that although they are pleased with the Government’s support for the recommendations, they are concerned by ongoing reports of human rights violations and abuses by members of the security services, and recent attacks targeting members of religious minority communities.

“We urge the Government to hold accountable all those responsible for human rights abuses and violations and to protect religious minorities and their places of worship. We further urge the government to take additional steps to fully implement the commitments it made in HRC resolution 30/1 and reaffirmed in HRC resolution 34/1,” the US delegation said. (Colombo Gazette)