Mar 24, 2017

UNHRC grants 2 more years to Sri Lanka Featured

The UN Human Rights Council yesterday (23) adopted, without a vote, a resolution that promotes reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka and grants two more years to fulfill recommendations of the 2015 resolution.

The US, Britain, Northern Ireland and Montenegro were the main sponsors of the resolution while 36 other countries were its co-sponsors.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva described the passage of the resolution as a great diplomatic victory for Sri Lanka.

While welcoming Sri Lanka’s ‘promising progress’ in constitutional reforms, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein earlier urged the government to set up mechanisms to implement the resolution adopted at the UNHRC in 2015.

He said that although progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow, he is heartened by the recent report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, synthesizing  thousands of submissions from across all ethnic and religious groups.