Issue of minority rights discussed as UNHRC sessions in Geneva

Issue of minority rights discussed as UNHRC sessions in Geneva

Issue of minority rights discussed as UNHRC sessions in Geneva

Written by Staff Writer

19 Mar, 2014 | 9:50 pm

The issue of minority rights in Sri Lanka, was brought up at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva on Wednesday.

Following are the comments made at the UN Human Rights Council session.

Dr. Nimalka Fernando – Representative of International Service for Human Rights:

” We are alarmed by the increase in violence and hate speech against the Muslim and Christian groups in Sri Lanka. The state has failed to properly investigate and take action against the perpetrators. We also endorse the recommendations of the forum, and hope an effective action plan will be put in place by all stakeholders, to give meaning to these deliberations.”

M.L.F. Mafuza – Assistant Director for  West & Counter-Terrorism, MEA

“We are seeking to address these challenges in line with the National Action Plan for the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC, as well as to address grievances and grant redress to those whose rights have been violated, on ethnic or religious grounds. ”

“In addition to the provisions of the penal code, the ICCPR Act number 56 of 2007, criminalises advocating religious hatred, that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hatred or violence. These are only a few of the many initiatives we have taken to promote rights of minorities in Sri Lanka. We will continue to foster the rights of minorities including religious minorities, as an integral part of the ongoing national reconciliation process, ” she added.

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