Foreign Affairs Minister to address UNHRC

Foreign Affairs Minister to address UNHRC

Foreign Affairs Minister to address UNHRC

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 Feb, 2017 | 7:18 am

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera is scheduled to address the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council today.

The 34th session which commenced in Geneva yesterday, will be held until March 24.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Subject Minister is scheduled to address the UN Human Rights Council this evening.

The report compiled by the UN Human Rights Commissioner with regard to Sri Lanka, is also scheduled to be presented during the 34th session.

The attention of the Human Rights Council will be drawn towards this on March 22.


UN Secretary-General,António Guterres yesterday ,charged that the disregard for human rights has become a disease spreading across the ‘North,South,East and West and Human Rights Council must be a part of the queer

antonio-guterresHe added that commissions of inquiry and fact finding missions respond to serious allegations human rights regulations around the world.

[quote]”Human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights must never been seen as electricity or saved for later. Human rights are an increasing part of all that we do and all that we are. And so we must speak up for human rights in an impartial way without double standards.”[/quote]

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pointed out that Human Rights came first in the preamble of the UN charter and not as third pillar or some literary flourish

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Jordan's Zeid Raad al-Hussein speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Zeid drew comparisons between the Ebola outbreak and the Islamic State group Thursday, labeling them "twin plagues" upon the world that were allowed to gain strength because of widespread neglect and misunderstanding. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

[quote]”It was there, it came first, human rights was viewed as the necessary starting condition, because on the 26th of June 1945, the day of the charter’s signing, killing on a scale hitherto unknown to humans had only just come to an end, with cities across the world pulverized and still smoking – monuments to immense human malevolence and stupidity.”[/quote]

He added that the commission will not stand idly by when ‘political actors’ threaten the multilateral system or intend to withdraw from parts of it

[quote]”To those political actors, who – as in the days of the league – threaten the multilateral system or intend to withdraw from parts of it, the sirens of historical experience ought to ring clear. We will not sit idly by for we have so much to lose, so much to protect, and our rights, the rights of others, the very future of our planet, cannot, must not be thrown aside, by these reckless political profiteers.” [/quote]

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