The Sri Lankan government yesterday welcomed Japanese declaration that no country has a perfect record on human rights.
Minister Sakashita Osamu of the Japanese Permanent Mission in Geneva told the current session of the UNHRC: "No country has a perfect record on human rights, and countries need to be given time, space, encouragement, advice, and where appropriate, concrete assistance in order to overcome existing challenges.
The political, socio-economic and cultural contexts of each country duly need to be considered when addressing human rights issues.
The official said that of the four Co-chairs to the failed Norway-led peace process, only Japan had been fair.
The government really appreciated the Japanese stand amidst politically motivated US-led effort to intimidate the country.
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam thanked Japan for recognizing Sri Lanka’s will to implement the recommendations of the LLRC during Wednesday’s sessions.
Ambassador Kunanayakam urged Western powers to constructively engage with Sri Lanka, both bilaterally and multilaterally, in a spirit of cooperation, without resorting to action within the Council. She called an end to unwarranted intervention, which would have an adverse impact on the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.