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A voluntary pledge from Sri Lanka to the human rights commission
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Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe presented a special statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday.

In this statement the Minister presented the reply to the report the Team on Human Rights in Sri Lanka had submitted after making a universal assessment.  

While this team had been appointed according to the US motion passed against Sri Lanka at the last Human Rights Council session, Spain, Benin and India were included in this.

Replying to the report of the team Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the three countries had manifested a high level of professionalism in making this probe about Sri Lanka.

However 100 out of 210 recommendations made by the report have been rejected.

Only 110 recommendations have been accepted for finding out as to whether they could be implemented.

Certain countries have questioned about amending the recommendations submitted by the Team on Human Rights in Sri Lanka.

On this occasion, Cuba, China and Russia expressing their views on behalf of Sri Lanka, said that the Human Rights Council should not target any country in an aggressive manner.

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe stated in Geneva yesterday that both in order to raise the Human Rights level in Sri Lanka as well as a response to the questions certain countries were raising,  Sri Lanka was prepared to submit a series of pledges  to the Human Rights Council.

The minister said the relevant voluntary pledges will be presented within 2 weeks.

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