Saturday, 26 September 2015 - 8:31
Sri Lanka elated with the 'path-breaking' success at the UNHRC
The Sri Lankan government said the country achieved a "path-breaking success" in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva at the current 30th Session.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said Sri Lanka 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.
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.
The victory that was achieved for the people of our nation, in line with the 100 Day Work Programme and Manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena, reflects the desire of the people of Sri Lanka expressed twice at elections this year, for justice, rule of law, good governance and accountability in all aspects of life.
This includes credible investigations into alleged violations of human rights so that non-recurrence is guaranteed and the people of Sri Lanka can steadfastly progress towards reconciliation, peace and stability with the support and assistance of the international community and all stakeholders living in Sri Lanka and overseas.