Promise to devolve power not kept - US proposal accuses Sri Lanka

Friday, 08 March 2013 - 19:13


The proposal presented at the UNHRC session by the US state that Sri Lanka has not fulfilled its promise to devolve power which is a key factor in the reconciliation process.


The first draft of the US proposal was distributed during the 22nd session of the UNHRC in Geneva yesterday.


The following are some of the facts stated in the proposal.


It is the primary responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to safeguard the human rights and the basic freedom of Sri Lankan citizens.


Any measures taken to combat terrorism should comply with international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.


The National Plan of Action presented by Sri Lanka does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the LLRC.


A number of LLRC recommendations have not been put into practice and this credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances.


Another recommendation that was included in the LLRC report was the demilitarizing of the north of Sri Lanka, implementing impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, re-evaluating detention policies and the strengthening of formerly independent civil institutions.


The proposal also stated that international representatives who arrive in the country to investigate women’s rights, enforced disappearances, minority race issues, and the Sri Lankan legal system should be allowed entry without obstruction.


However, the proposal appreciated the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts in facilitating the visit of a technical mission from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Although facts are as current, the United States of America will continue to assist Sri Lanka in developing its relationship with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.


The ministry of external affairs is currently studying the American proposals and the secretary of the ministry Karunathilaka Amunugama stated that the ministry will respond subsequent to the conclusion of the study.


During the cabinet decision media briefing held yesterday Minister Keheliya Rambukwella made the following statement regarding the American proposal.




Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy has asked the Obama Administration to undertake bilateral consultations with Sri Lanka to work out a consensus on the draft of the alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka proposed to be tabled in UNHRC in Geneva.


Swamy, who met Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake, conveyed his point of view on the American move to introduce a resolution at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session.


Noting that this is his personal initiative, Swamy, during his nearly hour long meeting with the State Department officials, cautioned the US that the resolution should not be seen as a victory of the “divisive” forces close to

LTTE as that could result in revival of the LTTE, which is not in the interest of anyone.


Expressing satisfaction over his meeting with the US officials, Swamy argued that any investigation into the alleged human rights violations should be taken by the democratically elected government of Sri Lanka and not by any internationally appointed bodies.