Addressing the UNHRC in Geneva a short while ago Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe thanked the member states of the UNHRC for their positive engagement during the Universal Periodic Review while highlighting the concerns of the country regarding misinformation.
Minister Samarasinghe stated that the country was thankful to member states that acknowledged its progress last November in terms of the stride Sri Lanka had made following the war.
Apart from a series of recommendations made by the Council the Minister stated that Sri Lanka had made a number of voluntary commitments as well.
He reminded the council that Sri Lanka had accepted 110 of the recommendations made by the Council while an additional 3 recommendations enjoyed the support of Sri Lanka whereas 91 other recommendations were not accepted by the country.
Subsequently Russia expressed the following views during Sri Lanka’s UPR noting that it welcomed Colombo’s openness in dealing with issues pertaining to human rights in the country.
Moreover the UK Ambassador speaking with regards to Sri Lanka’s human rights track record had the following to share with the council members.
The US ambassador meanwhile expressed the following views.
China bearing a supportive views of the country said that it in large welcomed the proposals set forth by Sri Lanka during its UPR.
Meanwhile Additional Solicitor General Accompanying Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, the President’s Special Envoy on Human Rights defended the ousting of Sri Lanka’s former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike stating that the process had adhered to a constitutional matrix.
In conclusion Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing the members of the UNHRC questioned the silence of member states in disagreement with regards to war atrocities committed by the LTTE.