Govt. ready to legislate HR action plan: Dinesh

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The Government informed Parliament yesterday that it was ready to move a legislative amendment to give life to the National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights.

Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who made this point in response to a question raised by Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in the House  on Wednesday, urged Mr. Wickremesinghe and the UNP to join hands to take the country forward towards new horizons of progress.

Mr. Wickremesinghe on Wednesday questioned as to why the government had failed to present the action plan to the House before it was presented to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Mr. Gunawardene said what was pledged in Geneva must be taken to Geneva. He said a pledge was made to Geneva on behalf of the Sri Lankan people and this is not a part of the legislative process which the government is entrusted with.

The Chief Government Whip said the responsibility and the implementation of this plan had been entrusted to a cabinet sub committee and a monitoring committee which comprises senior government officials. He said the monitoring committee will engage with the civil society and would maintain a dialogue through which problems in implementation of the plan at ground level could be reported to the cabinet sub committee.

He said the action plan was drafted in accordance with the pledge made by Sri Lanka in May 2008 at the UN Human Rights Council meeting. He said it was also Sri Lanka’s response to the Vienna declaration adopted in 1993 at the World Conference on Human Rights. He added that it was prepared after discussing it with over 240 organisations and individuals who were invited to present their views.

Mr. Gunawardene said Mr. Wickremesinghe should have commended the government for the action taken to preserve human rights instead of finding fault. (Yohan Perera)

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  • mohan Friday, 24 February 2012 08:30 AM

    do it first then make statement

    Ramzeel Friday, 24 February 2012 08:33 AM

    When USA acts our clowns play to the gallery. Who will believe the chief clown

    mervin Friday, 24 February 2012 08:44 AM

    poor child.... :( let them try again

    Sam.Samarasinghe Friday, 24 February 2012 08:57 AM

    Thanks to International community.

    union Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:22 AM

    Why we should support a government made out of criminals

    Samarakoon Saturday, 25 February 2012 03:24 AM

    Nothing can prevent the curse returning upon those who are responsible for destruction of education system. Younger generations have completely lost faith and confidence on the examinations system. If the government officials work according to their own consciousness all these anomalies can be corrected. Attempting to cover up and impunity cannot hide the facts, student are intelligent enough to understand situation clearly.

    Dinesh Friday, 24 February 2012 09:07 AM

    Better late than never

    Singhalaya Saturday, 25 February 2012 04:43 AM

    The Drama Mahagedera part 2

    Minnal Sri Friday, 24 February 2012 09:54 AM

    Why such a move in a hurry? Another eyewash?

    aroosh Friday, 24 February 2012 09:58 AM

    ha ha good joke after long time from the government

    wonderboy Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:57 PM

    Oh really? Another eye wash?

    fsfs Friday, 24 February 2012 10:02 AM

    dd

    shantha madawela Saturday, 25 February 2012 06:19 AM

    I think your too early for that sir........

    ase Friday, 24 February 2012 10:15 AM

    this man was some one else those days i know cos i worked for him, now he only shoutes in the parliment and just a shadow of himself, what a disgress for his father.

    Ralph Anthony Friday, 24 February 2012 10:18 AM

    The Jokers are at play again.

    gayan Saturday, 25 February 2012 06:52 AM

    Where is Moda Wansa ......?

    Jegath Friday, 24 February 2012 11:12 AM

    Don't take this a joke. Remember the world is against us. We must rally around our Govt. in all the steps.

    gajan99 Friday, 24 February 2012 11:38 AM

    Yes, we have human rights, best in the world.

    Sri Lankan lawyer Friday, 24 February 2012 06:00 AM

    Human Rights in Sri Lanka??????????????????????? In your dreams.

    Nodrog Friday, 24 February 2012 06:54 AM

    A bit too late. Should have been done long time ago and not after the pressure built up.

    Lankan Friday, 24 February 2012 11:34 PM

    Jegath, buy a ticket using your own money and go to Geneva to join the bunch of clowns if you want to support. I like your statement, "we must rally around our Govt. in ALL the steps".........even if it is illegal, unethical, in humane, unfair,, etc I guess.

    Amal Saturday, 25 February 2012 01:08 AM

    What happened to the Eknaligoda?

    Thatha Friday, 24 February 2012 08:37 AM

    Another Drama..


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