UN Rights Chief urges SL govt. to fully implement resolution 30/1
FEBRUARY 19, 2020 BY TSM WEB DESK 0 COMMENTS POST VIEWS: 280
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged the Sri Lankan Government to fully implement resolution 30/1, and continue to engage positively with OHCHR and United Nations human rights mechanisms to promote reconciliation, accountability and human rights.
Bachelet expressed these views in a report on Sri Lanka presented to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, ahead of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council to be held from 24 February – 20 March 2020.
The report will be formally presented to the Council on 27 February and discussed by member states and others.
“While some progress has been made since 2015 in promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in line with resolution 30/1, the inability of the Government to deal comprehensively with impunity and to reform institutions may cause the recurrence of human rights violations,”Bachelet said.
The High Commissioner is concerned by various signs indicating a possible reversal of past commitments by the Government which would setback the promotion of reconciliation, accountability and human rights, reduce civic space and erode important institutional safeguards.
“The overall goals of resolution 30/1 must be protected and built upon to provide justice and redress to victims, guarantee the non-recurrence of past patterns of human rights violations, and promote peaceful, inclusive and sustainable development.”
However, in a special statement today(19) Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa noted that Sri Lanka will withdraw from UNHRC resolution 30/1, which was co-sponsored by the previous Government, in response to the US travel ban on Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva & members of his family.@Teller In a scenario where if SL looses GSP+ due to UN issues and all , what would be the impact on export oriented business you recommends? (HEXp, Rexp,Tjl , BPPL)