Debate held in parliament over UNHRC Resolution

Debate held in parliament over UNHRC Resolution

Debate held in parliament over UNHRC Resolution

Written by Tharushan Fernando

23 Oct, 2015 | 6:46 am

The debate on the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva recently, was taken up in Parliament on Thursday, October 22.

Speaking on the matter, the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that the issues should be solved in a respectable way, in a diplomatic leadership like Nelson Mandela did.

He also noted that, while the people celebrated the victory of the war, eating milk rice, dancing and having ‘media charades’, the international media was airing footage of the north, where skinny children who suffered during the war, waiting in-line at orphanages with a plate for a piece of bread.

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath stated:

It is wrong to continue what the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa did . If we continue what Mahinda Rajapaksa started, that is wrong so at least now, let us rectify those mistakes, and no matter what resolution has been passed and what co-sponsorship has been made, we can work according to the laws of our country.

Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that the initial process on implementing law on war crimes and genocide came into effect after the second World War. We all know the process created at the Nuremberg War Tribunal and the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.

Minister of Professional Development and Vocational Training,Mahinda Samarasinghe as far as I believe, it is because we did not implement the recommendations of the 2009 resolution that the resolutions which were tabled in 2012, 2013 and 2014 were adopted at the UNHRC in Geneva but now we have received another opportunity and like I said before, we must make maximum use of this opportunity.

UPFA Parliamentarian,Wimal Weerawansa stated:

Some wise MPs here tried to show that it was because of the weaknesses of Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government, that this problem has aggravated to this.

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