Sri Lanka urged to uphold human rights commitments

Sri Lanka has been urged to uphold its human rights commitments and continue to move forward, bringing the whole country together.

A spokesperson for the EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said in a statement that the just concluded election campaign and process unfolded in an overall peaceful environment, despite reports of a few violent incidents.

“This confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms after the brutal Easter Sunday terrorist attacks,” the EU said.

The EU noted that as a sign of trust, and reflecting the close cooperation with the EU on good governance and democracy, Sri Lanka welcomed the European Union’s Election Observation Mission.

This is the 6th Sri Lankan election observed by the EU. Preliminary findings indicate that the fundamental freedoms and rights of the citizens of the country have largely been respected. The EU’s Election Observation Mission recognised that elections were administered efficiently by Sri Lanka’s Election Commission.

The EU said it looks forward to continue working with Sri Lanka on the wide range of issues covered by its partnership, from trade to cooperation in the area of foreign policy and security.

“We remain fully supportive of the broader reform agenda in Sri Lanka. We congratulate President Rajapaksa and look forward to working with him to uphold Sri Lanka’s commitments to implement international conventions on fundamental rights and to continue efforts aimed at improving governance, human rights and reconciliation. It is crucial that Sri Lanka continues to move forward, bringing the whole country together,” the EU said.