Friday, 28 February 2014 - 8:12
Update : US criticise Sri lanka again
The U.S. State Department, in its annual human rights report for 2013, has heavily criticized the human rights situation in Sri Lanka.
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In a 56-page chapter reserved for Sri Lanka, the report has stated pessimistic developments in entire governance including local politics, security forces activities, state administration and mechanism of solving disputes.
The report also stated that Independence of Judiciary and freedom of expression have faced crises and consequent to this situation, media houses are forced to impose self censor.
The US Human Rights reports stated that Tamils are further subject to oppression while attacks are launched on minor religious communities including Muslims and Christians in the country.
It has also charged the government for its failure to take sufficient actions to address the alleged human rights violations during the war.
Releasing the annual human rights report for 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Sri Lanka has not yet addressed the preliminary issues with regard to the accountability and reconciliation.
He also said that this failure in the part of Sri Lanka has tempted the U.S. to support the Anti Sri Lankan resolution to be presented in Geneva next March.
John Kerry said that unless human rights are protected, such a situation should be considered as against the U.S. state policies.
Update : Friday, 28 February 2014 - 13:15
Charges from US Secretary of State that Sri Lanka had been opposed to USA's aspirations.
The US state department’s human rights annual report was released yesterday.
USA’s analysis and stand about human rights in all countries of the world during 2013 are disclosed in the report.
It is significant that in the US human rights report this time 56 pages have been devoted for Sri Lanka.
Submitting the US human rights report US Secretary of State John Kery said that Sri Lanka had so far not responded to primary problems with regard to being responsive and reconciliation.
US Secretary of State who said that Sri Lanka’s social activists, journalists and minorities were subjected to distress, mentioned that this situation had caused the US to support the resolution against Sri Lanka at the Geneva Human Rights Commission Session in March this year.
The US Secretary of State said that if human rights are not safeguarded, that was contrary to US principles.
Similarly John Kery mentioned further that USA would consider that new opportunities could be created by raising the standard of these values in those countries.