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While several countries including China and Russia commended Sri Lanka at yesterday’s sessions at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, for the progress it had made but the United Kingdom and the United States called for an immediate independent investigation into alleged war crimes probes and human rights violations.

During the review, Oman, Pakistan, Venezuela, Sudan, UAE, Russia, China, and Vietnam commended Sri Lanka for the progress it had made in many aspects of Human Rights and urged the International Community to provide the country with more time and space.

Minister Samarasinghe said of the 204 recommendations Sri Lanka had accepted 110 and left 3 for further examination while 91 were rejected.

Russia and China speaking during the review commended Sri Lanka for its progressive steps towards development and Human rights.

China urged the international community to respect the sovereignty of a state and to look at issues objectively. It also urged nations to desist from interfering with internal affairs of a country.

Pakistan said the international community had to recognize that the progress Sri Lanka has made has far outweighed challenges.

“We have to recognize the difficulty faced by Sri Lank to protect Human Rights, the progress far outweighs challenges, and the international community should appreciate this,” the Pakistan delegate said.

The United Kingdom and the United States however called for an immediate and independent investigation into alleged war crimes probes and human rights violations.

The United Kingdom said the impeachment of the Chief Justice was in contravention of the rule of law.

“ No justification has been given to the continuous attack on the independence of the judiciary,  the impeachment of the Chief Justice went against the ruling made by the Supreme Court of the country and contravened respect for the rule of law” the delegate said.

The Deputy Solicitor General in response said, the Supreme Court ruling was given by a “division of the Supreme Court and the matter had now been  brought for Judicial review before a  full bench of the Supreme Court, which was in fact is tasked to review  the impeachment process in a holistic and contemporary  view” he said.

The United States said the non adaptation of LLRC recommendations was of grave concern.

At the conclusion of the representations made by states, the floor was then opened to ‘stakeholders’ who included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

All groups raised issues regarding the ‘freedom of expression, extra judicial killings, and supersession of journalists and media freedom”.
Speaking during the review the Dr. Dr. Kasikulam Manoharan, the father of one of the victims of the 5 students who were shot dead in Trincomalee said he does not have faith in the Sri Lankan judicial system.

 “My son was killed on the beaches of Trincomalee and my family was forced to leave Sri Lanka because I saw the injustice of his killing, 7 long years have passed since my sons murder without any justice or decision from Sri Lankan courts” he said.

Speaking during the time allotted to Amnesty International the father urged the International Community to intervene in seeking justice for his sons murder.
“I lost my son I seek to you to help and the HRC to move this investigation to the murder of the five youth because I don’t have hope for justice in Sri Lanka” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
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  • Fazlul Saturday, 16 March 2013 03:23 AM

    Pakistan, Oman, Sudan and UAE supported Sri Lanka in
    UNHR council in Geneva, All Muslim Countries - Pakistan represents Asia, Oman Middle East, UAE Arabs and Sudan Atrican countries - in other word all muslim world supported Sri Lanka. Only Bodu Bala Sena represent countries like Norway, Israel, US and German Jews are talking and working against Sri Lanka - an eye opener for all Sri Lankan.

    Ananda S Saturday, 16 March 2013 11:05 PM

    Countries where there are no LTTE and pro-LTTE members and NGOs, there is support to Sri Lanka. All others who don't support are filled with LTTE foreign leaders and LTTE funded pro-LTTE pimps. US and UK are # 1 and 2, respectively.

    Niroshini Saturday, 16 March 2013 04:44 PM

    @NF- That is so lame. Do you want us to laugh now.

    NF Saturday, 16 March 2013 08:19 AM

    Please check whether the support of the muslim countries came with the "HALAL" logo.


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