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Monday, 27 February 2012 - 18:36
Geneva HR Session commences; Britain says SL could obtain its assistance
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The 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council commenced in Geneva today.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem  Pillay made the opening address and spoke mainly about human rights violations in Syria.

Few countries including the US are scheduled to present a resolution against Sri Lanka.

However, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights failed to mention anything about Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth of Great Britain Jeremy Brown’s address was seen as a precedent to the resolution that will be submitted against Sri Lanka later on.

He stated that member states have an obligation to safeguard human rights, failing which the Human Rights Council could intervene to provide technical assistance.

He further stated that Sri Lanka should take measures to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Special Envoy Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe will address the Council this evening.

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