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Plans to resume death penalty in SL disturbing: UN

10 September 2018 05:32 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka’s announced plans to resume the use of death penalty are disturbing, as are recurrent incidents of racist and inter-communal violence, the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said today.

In her opening statement to the Human Rights Council’s (HRC) 39th session which commenced in Geneva, Ms. Bachelet said the authorities in Sri Lanka had moved slowly towards meaningful implementation of the transitional justice agenda. However, she said the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) had now begun consultations and institutional capacity-building to fulfil its mandate.

“We look to that office to work quickly, to begin to provide answers to the families of the disappeared. Legislation establishing an ‘Office for Reparations’ is also underway. More progress in advancing accountability and truth-seeking could have great weight in the long-term stability and prosperity of the nation,” she said in her brief about human rights status in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, commenting on India, Ms. Bachelet hailed last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to decriminalise same-sex relations.

“Laws that criminalise consensual adult relationships are, as Chief Justice Misra said, manifestly arbitrary and a source of discrimination and harassment. I very much hope other countries around the world will look to India’s example in this respect,” she said.

The 39th session of the Human Rights Council would be concluded on September 28. (By Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 7

  • Unchikun Monday, 10 September 2018 05:43 PM

    Yes, plans to resume the use of death penalty is not disturbing but disgusting. The US too is disgusting in the area of human rights.

    A..L. U. Gooshu Monday, 10 September 2018 05:51 PM

    We must hang all the uninhabitable criminals.

    Shan Monday, 10 September 2018 05:54 PM

    Oh Don't get disturbed, what our leaders say, will never be done. Just relax High Commissioner.

    Rana Monday, 10 September 2018 05:57 PM

    It is disturbing and disgusting of US Humane rights abuse in many countries.

    De Silva Monday, 10 September 2018 06:00 PM

    It is our problem not UN . You need not worry about it

    mike Monday, 10 September 2018 06:10 PM

    madam, it is ok for all 3rd world countries to dance to your tunes. you are not a Srilankan to comment get lost

    Lokka Monday, 10 September 2018 06:22 PM

    High Commissioner, please don't interfere in our internal matters . Regarding death penalty, first address the U.S. in which many Stages carry out death penalty

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