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Eighteen countries have pledged to speak on behalf of Sri Lanka during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), a top source said.

These countries will share their views in support of the Sri Lankan government’s position during the High-Level Segment and events. According to the source, there are countries that hold the UNHRC membership among these 18 countries that will stand by Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has undertaken an intense international campaign to lobby for the support of the respective countries to thwart an attempt by the core group of countries to pass a resolution on Sri Lanka on alleged human rights and accountability issues during the war time.

A zero draft of the resolution has been circulated at the moment. Sri Lanka believes the content is identical to the 30/1 resolution passed in 2015. The present government that took office in 2019 withdrew from co-sponsorship of this resolution in March, last year.

The zero draft calls for the Office of the High Commissioner to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, including progress on reconciliation and accountability, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-ninth session, and a comprehensive report including further options for advancing accountability at its fifty-first session, both to be discussed in interactive dialogues.

However, India has not yet made known its stand on Sri Lanka. The two countries are currently involved in a row over the withdrawal from the commitment of the previous government to develop the East Container Terminal of Colombo Port jointly with India. Also, India has raised concerns over the offer of a contract to a Chinese company to execute power projects in three islets off Jaffna. India is opposed to the involvement of a Chinese company citing security concerns. The Chinese company issued a statement on Monday firmly opposing India’s interference. The company said it won the project through an international, competitive bidding process, and wanted Sri Lanka to respect the guidelines. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • saman Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:13 AM

    You need another Chinese submarine for India to get the message!

    Jude Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:15 AM

    HOW about the rest of 29 members!??

    Pink Rabbit Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:19 AM

    However China has pleadged to stand for Sri Lanka and has promised to lobby five africa countries to support Sri lanka on this issue.

    Disillusioned Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:01 PM

    These countries also don't respect human rights. Bandit countries stick together

    Disillusioned Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:02 PM

    No democratic country supports Sri Lanka

    Yamuna Ranaweera Friday, 26 February 2021 09:14 PM

    So called democratic like US no human rights at all

    Sando Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:28 AM

    LTTE Terrorists at work....again

    Sunil 28 wimalasuriya Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:56 PM

    Yes Sando......ltte terrorists suppoters are everywhere :-(

    Chaminda Unantenne Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:31 AM

    China icc Ssc our friend and India is our enemy!

    Gayan Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:45 AM

    You don't need to win the resolution. As long as the numbers are tight, it's a victory. Good thing that we don't shoot ourselves by co sponsoring resolutions against us.

    Sriyani Mangalika Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:29 PM

    Very simply I observe Mahinda Rajapaksha has done war crimes in people around are protecting him at any cost 30 media personnel were killed from 2010 iImagine. We all are in fear to utter a word

    Mangalika Perera Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:55 PM

    Sounds like you have proof. Why don't you bring it out in court. Why should you fear if you have proof. Just wasting everyone's time talking bs.

    Leo Wednesday, 24 February 2021 01:13 PM

    All those countries that USA has a problem with will talk for Sri Lanka.

    Siri Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:29 PM

    Sri Lanka should first see itself on the mirror and remove fears and scepticism upon it's own people. The international community will then be on SL side without without having to resort to cheap propaganda to achieve this. Thuggery, corruption and intimidation rules right now.

    nirmal Wednesday, 24 February 2021 02:55 PM

    First offer great praise to Gota for standing up against those showing us as our masters. Sajith/ Ranil would be groveling at their feet. India is never a great friend who just wants TN votes.

    Mansoor Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:28 PM

    Pakistan and China are our friends. India is our number one enemy.

    Lankan Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:47 PM

    Publicly, Sri Lankan leaders foolishly bragging how they pulled Prabhakaran from one side to the other side to kill him. Now China, Russia and other countries have to work hard to protect Sri Lanka. Truly, South Asia has Lord of idiots.

    natha Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:47 PM

    china vito

    Mokan Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:15 PM

    If those “ Core Sponsor” countries are so bad , why not recall all our Ambassadors from there. We can save lot of money

    Ex sriLankan Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:25 PM

    @ mansoor- to fight against LTTE India provided intelligence, pilots, armoury etc. IPKF ruined North and East in life,economy and wealth.

    brainmaster Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:44 PM

    why these 18 countries are nowhere mentioned ??

    Colin Fernando Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:55 PM

    Aiyo!Aiyo! The West ended World War2 in 1945 by killing 135000 civilians at Hiroshima in a single day . The western countries waged war with Iraq and ended it by killing Saddham Hussein. They do the same in Afghanistan and end it by the triumphant murder of Bin Laden. In Libya they do the same with Gaddafi. The whole world applauds. Sri Lanka fights the world's toughest terrorist movement, and wins against all the predictions of Western military strategists. Prabhakaran is killed in the end together with his hostages. The same Western powers are now trying their best to fix Sri Lanka at the UN! WHAT FOR THE TELLING!!!!!!

    Kathir Thursday, 25 February 2021 02:55 AM

    The more Sri Lanka stick with Pakistan and China India won't be happy at all with little men Gotta and Mahinda.Pakistan us a world terrorist country. All these African countries can not be comparted to India and its value.


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