Mar 24, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of foreign affairs has expressed his appreciation to members of the Human Rights Council and observer states for the support extended for the adoption of resolution A/HRC/34/L.1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka,’ by consensus.
“We deeply appreciate the understanding shown by all, and support for Sri Lanka’s processes for promoting reconciliation, justice, and human rights, towards enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans,” said Harsha De Silva, deputy minister.
“We made a promise to our people that we will engage and work with all stakeholders including our friends and partners, to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in our country for the prosperity of all our people.”
He went on to thank the international community for their continued support in this journey.
“We thank them for placing their faith in our government, and our people, and for walking with us at our side, as we strive to establish‘Sri Lankanot Government-led processes’ with international assistance, engagement and support for the benefit of all our citizens, without discrimination.
We look to your continued support. We also look to the continued support of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office.
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The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka for the fifth time yesterday, after it won a two-year extended timeline to establish mechanisms that will deliver justice to thousands of victims and reconcile a country torn apart by a civil war that spanned three decades.
UNHRC Resolution 34/1 titled Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka was cosponsored by the Government and adopted by the 47-member Human Rights Council currently in session in Geneva.
For only the second time in five years, the resolution on Sri Lanka was adopted without a vote at the council.
The March 2017 resolution provides a two-year extended timeline for the Government of Sri Lanka to tackle its commitments on post-war reconciliation and allegations of war crimes laid out in the 2015 UNHRC resolution.