The Sunday Leader

Govt. To Brief Of Progress In HR And Reconciliation

  • UNHRC Sessions

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema

Mahinda Samarasinghe

The government is to brief the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the progress made with regard to the human rights concerns and the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva.
The sessions are to commence on February 27 and are to continue till March 23.
Plantation Industries Minister and the President’s Special Envoy for Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, who would represent the country at the sessions, said that Sri Lanka would address the UNHRC sessions and report on the progress made in the human rights and reconciliation fronts.
He told The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lankan delegation would also separately engage in a dialogue with members of the foreign diplomatic community who would be in Geneva during the period of the sessions.
When asked if the government would present the final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to the UNHRC as part of the progress made in the reconciliation process in the country, Samarasinghe said the report would not be presented to the Council.
“There is no necessity to hand over the LLRC report to the UNHRC as it not part of its agenda,” he noted.
However, he added that the Sri Lankan government was ready to respond to questions raised on the matter.
“If reference is made to the report during the sessions, Sri Lanka will take the floor and address the matter,” Samarasinghe observed.
The Minister said the Sri Lankan government was prepared to engage and brief the UNHRC comprehensively about the situation in the country.

4 Comments for “Govt. To Brief Of Progress In HR And Reconciliation”

  1. Lanka Liar

    Just tell them there was no war. Everything was humanitarian operation. Government kidnap people to save them from terrorist and sometimes kill thm so they don’t commit more sins. Also Mahinder is a greate leader like Po lpot Gadafi Mubarrk and the Iranian guy. Tell that diaspora is not giving money to government for its humanitarian torture kidnapping etc. highlight the greate men of Sri Lanka like kKaruna KP Merwin. And Gotha .

  2. Newman

    Does the minister Mahinda Samarasinghe refer to the recent abductions of JVP activists, beating of Uthayan journalist and Jaffna University student leaders and finding of skeletons and body of rape victims near the army camps as the ‘ Progress In HR And Reconciliation’ ? Still the owners of IDPs are denied access to their own homes in the HSZs and no compensation paid.

    It will be better if the minister identifies the so called progress. One can deceive the IC for some time but not all the time.

  3. B.Fernando

    Please do not listen to the Liars of the corrupt, lawless Banana Republic any more. All they know is to hide the truth and lie, nothing but lie. You can only trust them when the lawless, corrupt Banana Republic is turned back to peaceful, democratic Sri Lanka.

  4. Sri

    Relaity is it is a rotten Banana Republic! That is why it does not want to present the LLRC Report as its faliures and fudging will become all too apparent! In any case the con report and comments are all on the internet. The real truth cannot be hidden by these official fakes from the 99%! It is about time membere of the UNHRC visit the north and east of that country and find out for themselves and not be taken for a con ride by ace conners.

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