Revised US resolution too, not acceptable to GoSL-presidential envoy


Minister Samarasinghe, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Nimal Siripala de Silva, the Coordinator of the African Regional Group, the Ambassador for Ethiopia as well as Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the UN Ravinatha Aryasinha, at the meeting.

Special presidential envoy Mahinda Samarasinghe, MP, has alleged that a section of the international community was making an attempt to establish an international inquiry mechanism targeting Sri Lanka in the guise of an investigation conducted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Special envoy Samarasinghe, who is also the minister in charge of plantation portfolio emphasized that the revised version of the US resolution too, wasn’t acceptable. The minister was addressing members and observer states of the African region of the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (18) at the UN Office at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Such a move violated the founding principles of the Human Rights Council, the minister said, assuring that in spite of opposituon to the Resolution, Sri Lanka was committed to moving forward with the domestic processes it had put in place to address issues connected with the conflict. 

Minister Samarasinghe called on the countries from the African Region to demonstrate their solidarity with Sri Lanka during and after the Sessions of the Human Rights Council. He reminded them that Sri Lanka had commenced the practice of briefing regional and cross regional groups of nations at the Council as far back as 2006 - long before any resolution was contemplated - indicating Sri Lanka’s willingness to inform and engage with the international community. He said that other countries represented in the room could face a similar situation based on selective targeting. Today it could be Sri Lanka and tomorrow it could be any other country, he added.

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