The comments made by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution are unwarranted and pre-judgemental, based on presumption, Sri Lanka told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Making a statement to the 45th Session of the UNHRC on Tuesday, Sri Lanka said the Draft 20A submitted through the Parliament will be discussed, debated, following a complete democratic process, where all stakeholders will have the opportunity to present their views. The statement further said that the pardon to the former Army sergeant was granted in terms of the powers and provisions of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.
“The Government rejects the references made to false and unsubstantiated allegations levelled against senior military officials being appointed to key positions
Sri Lanka has consistently refuted the credibility of these allegations and wishes to highlight that the domestic processes such as the LLRC and Paranagama Commissions that examined these allegations particularly with regard to the last stages of the conflict, have not found substantive evidence against any of the senior military officials referred to in this regard.
In the absence of any substantive proof, Sri Lanka considers that the continued arbitrary accusations on crimes or crimes against humanity made against these senior military officials are unacceptable and a violation of the principles of natural justice,” the statement said.
We hope that this Council would appreciate that Sri Lanka while successfully containing the spread of COVID-19 through a balanced, multi-sectoral approach
Sri Lanka further said, “We hope that this Council would appreciate that Sri Lanka while successfully containing the spread of COVID-19 through a balanced, multi-sectoral approach.