Govt. decides to withdraw from UNHRC resolutions

Decision to be put before Cabinet and Parliament

18 February 2020 08:24 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The government has decided to immediately withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolutions 30/1 and 40/1 co-sponsored by the Yahapalanaya Government in 2015 and 2019.

A special meeting in this regard had been held last morning at the Presidential Secretariat and attended by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, several senior ministers of the government and officials attached to the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The government had decided to withdraw the two resolutions as the implementation of them under the prevailing political realities does not agree with policies of the present government. It was discussed yesterday that approval for these resolutions had not been obtained either from the Parliament or Cabinet of Ministers before they were co-sponsored by the previous regime.

The resolutions envisaged devolution of power beyond the present constitutional framework. It also resolved the establishment of hybrid courts to try military personnel accused of human rights violations, the abolition of executive presidency, repealing of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and establishment of an office of missing persons.

It had been decided that the Foreign Affairs Minister would officially inform the decision to the UNHRC office in Geneva next week. Before that, it is to be presented before the Cabinet and Parliament. (A special correspondent)

  Comments - 11

  • CHULANI Tuesday, 18 February 2020 08:33 AM

    Great News !!!.....Now Sri Lanka has a Strong Nationalist Government....Sri Lanka ONLY nation to vote against itself.....in the history of UNO....

    Dam Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:31 AM

    Dreaming. Let's wait and see when the internationally pressuring starts

    GOD Tuesday, 18 February 2020 08:36 AM

    He He He..... This is Geneva and not Jayawardenepura!

    B Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:52 AM

    All know this not Jayawardenepura ..but agreements to satisfy western aspirations are not possible.

    Jude Tuesday, 18 February 2020 08:39 AM

    Harrah !!!

    Andrew Silva Tuesday, 18 February 2020 09:55 AM

    Definitely Sri Lanka does not need Hybrid courts if we have lawyers.Judges and Magistrates in the caliber of Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake then our mother land will be flowing with milk and honey. Equal justice to all people.

    Mohan D Mendis Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:07 AM

    At least GR Govt shown in principal SL cannot be bullied by world's self-appointed thugs whose cronies served in SL Govt in the past. If UN wants war crimes probed lets begin with iraq, libiya, syria

    cheers Tuesday, 18 February 2020 10:07 AM

    we have a great president, PM and a strong govt now so UN can wash their backs well done SL

    john frazer Tuesday, 18 February 2020 12:48 PM

    this is not Ananda collage dormitory its a bad move

    Jack Tuesday, 18 February 2020 02:52 PM

    Hurray, A strong President

    june macapagal Tuesday, 18 February 2020 07:11 PM

    With this move sanctions will be introduced. we are depending on US and the western world for everything.


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