International community commends Lanka’s progress on Human Rights

International community commends Lanka’s progress on Human Rights

International community commends Lanka’s progress on Human Rights

Written by Staff Writer

30 Jun, 2016 | 8:47 pm

Various views were expressed on Sri Lanka during the UNHRC general debate held on Wednesday June 30,  after UN High Commissioner on Human Rights delivered his oral update on Sri Lanka.

The representative for Germany, speaking on behalf for EU, said that it welcomes the significant advances made by Sri Lanka since the adoption of the resolution at the 30th session of the UNHRC, and the country is still at the beginning of a long road towards accountability and reconciliation.

”We encourage Sri Lanka to tackle the remaining tasks of truth, justice, reconciliation and non recurrence and repeal the PTA”, added Germany’s representative.

Representative for Switzerland however pointed out that it welcomes the efforts embarked on by the Sri Lankan government in implementing this resolution, although certain immediate measures have not yet been taken, regrettably, such as full return of land the release of prisoners or review of the witness protection act.

Meanwhile, the representative for the UK noted that they too welcome the Sri Lankan government’s continuing determination to address the legacy of conflict through the implementation of resolution 30/1 and a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past restoring confidence in state institutions and developing a just political settlement for all its people is essential.

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