Feb 18, 2020

SL to withdraw from UNHRC 30/1 resolution

Sri Lanka has decided to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 30/1, it co-sponsored during the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva in 2015.

The previous good governance government co-sponsored the resolution promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, along with a number of countries including the United Kingdom and the United States and was adopted without a vote on the 1st of October, 2015.

The present government has also decided to withdraw from the UNHRC resolution 40/1 that was adopted last year. Following discussions held between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena at the Presidential Secretariat, the government decided to proceed with the move.

When inquired by NewsRadio, a spokesperson for the Foreign Relations Ministry said, the official stance of the government will be conveyed to the Cabinet, Parliament and to media by Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena, shortly.

The government is of the view that the resolutions threaten the sovereignty of the country and therefore the country should withdraw from the two agreements that were adopted at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.