Written by Staff Writer
22 Feb, 2021 | 6:07 am
COLOMBO (News1st): The 46th UN Human Rights Council sessions will get underway in Geneva on Monday (22), and reports suggest that the UN Core Group is expected to handover a resolution against Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council Secretariat.
The resolution against Sri Lanka is being finalized by the UN Core Group on Sri Lanka that comprises the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, and Malawi.
The mandatory cremation policy of individuals who die of COVID-19, against the practices of minority communities is among the highlights in the resolution.
It has also stressed the importance of a comprehensive accountability process for all violations and abuses of human rights committed in Sri Lanka.
Further, the resolution has called for the monitoring of Sri Lanka’s implementation of its 20th amendment while stressing the importance of democratic governance.
The government has also been encouraged to respect local governance, including holding elections for provincial councils and ensuring their operations under the 13th amendment.
Meanwhile, foreign relations minister Dinesh Gunawardena is set to address the 46th UNHRC sessions via video conferencing technology on Tuesday (23).
A committee appointed by the government under the foreign minister’s leadership will be among the Sri Lankan delegation that will attend the sittings online.
The committee comprises state minister of international cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya, education minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Labour minister Nimal Siripal de Silva, Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila, and Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekara.
A dialogue on the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sri Lanka will take place during the 46th UNHRC sessions on Wednesday at 7:30 pm Sri Lankan time.
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