Sri Lanka elated with the ‘path-breaking’ success at the UNHRC
The government said the country achieved a “path-breaking success” in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the current 30th Session avoiding an international inquiry into the alleged rights violations.
“We have succeeded in winning over the once divided Human Rights Council to work with the Government of Sri Lanka in its efforts to achieve meaningful reconciliation through truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence to ensure peace and prosperity for all our people,” Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in a statement yesterday.
The Minister noted that for the last several years, Sri Lanka was repeatedly humiliated by the international community with Resolutions that censured the conduct of the country.
“Today, as a result of the determined efforts of the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe since January 2015, Sri Lanka has once again succeeded in joining the international community as a responsible, confident and peaceful nation that respects the universal values of freedom, equality and justice,” he said.
Stressing that defeating terrorism was a necessity and Sri Lanka now has far greater freedom to deal with the causes of terrorism and engage in nation building and peacebuilding the Minister commended the contribution of the armed forces which were once recognized internationally for their professionalism and discipline.
He pointed out that however, that the reputation of the vast majority of the armed forces was tainted in the recent past because of the system and culture created by a few in positions of responsibility.
“The Resolution is in fact an endorsement by the international community of this view and that a credible accountability process will safeguard the reputation and honor of those who conducted themselves in an appropriate manner with professionalism,” the Minister emphasized.
“We are confident that Sri Lanka has the capacity, expertise and the commitment to implement the provisions of the resolution over a period of time, step by step, taking appropriate action that will ultimately vindicate that our nation and her people are at peace, assuming its rightful place among the community of nations,” Samaraweera said.
“In tandem, we hope to march towards economic prosperity and social development, with benefits trickling down to all,” he added.