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The Ministry of Human Rights says the human rights report released by the US State Department last week consists of vague, non-specific and unverifiable information on Sri Lanka and would appear to fall short of the high standards that the State Department professes to uphold.

The Sri Lankan government notes that the basis for many assertions in the US State Department report are “reports” that are mainly attributed to anonymous “NGOs”, “international sources”, “human rights groups”, “observers” and other unnamed sources.

As in the past, few (if any) of these allegations have been made known to the government of Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the Government’s position, reaction or response to these assertions are not reflected in the report, making it a less than objective assessment, the Ministry of Human Rights said today.

It also noted that the US report unfortunately does not reflect the fact that the defeat of terrorism after nearly 30 years of conflict now creates an environment within which the human rights of all Sri Lankans can be safeguarded, protected and advanced.

“The report also clearly sets out to speculate on opposition claims of a LTTE pact and a  bribe given by President Rajapakse’s campaign. This is totally unacceptable and smacks of a political agenda being played out. This is further proof of the unprofessional and  subjective nature of the report,” the Sri Lankan Ministry of Human Rights said.

It also notes that the report, which is ostensibly based on the realization of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the benchmark, completely ignores the socioeconomic rights enshrined in Articles 25 and 26 of the Declaration.

Thus, despite Secretary Clinton’s claim that these reports provide “the most comprehensive record available of the condition of human rights around the world”, the report on Sri Lanka would appear to fall short of the high standards that the State Department professes to uphold, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Human Rights said. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Monday, 15 March 2010 07:25 PM

    These days US politicos don't know whether they are 'coming or going.' Their economy is in shambles and their whole society is suffering. When they are not even in a position to manage their own problems, why try to 'show the way' to others? This is just a joke ...

    Monday, 15 March 2010 09:27 PM

    Expecting international investigations.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 10:58 AM

    how long are we going to keep denying this kind of reports.. its better to accept we have issues and take corrective mesures rather than wasting time trying to defend..

    Monday, 15 March 2010 10:34 PM

    Even where another Western nation is concerned one must never expect those supposedly more powerful (in some ways) to play fair.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 11:31 AM

    Dear Clinton, do not listen to these puppets! take action immediately.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 12:07 PM

    DENY! DENY! Always our govt deny such report..
    When govt will tell the truth?? NO WAY!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:36 PM

    HR violations in places outside the north & east have escalated. HR of the people hv not been safeguarded. If the US hs not informed GOSL of the allegations how can the Ministry say they are baseless.

    Monday, 15 March 2010 01:36 PM

    More and more denial will lead to more and more problem as they are capable of proving 100%

    Monday, 15 March 2010 02:10 PM

    Send our Professors & Doctor Mervyn, they will advice USA how to write clear reports.

    Tuesday, 16 March 2010 01:04 PM

    "Amaricanese" is always vague! Even the Guys at the US State Department don't understand it. Just listen to Obama rambling on and on!

    Monday, 15 March 2010 07:02 PM

    The Minister of Human Rights slams Human Rights Groups? That just about tells it all. Stop denying, start acting!


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