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Sri Lanka today recalled that the promotion and protection of human rights as enshrined in the Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action (VDPA) should be carried out in conformity with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and norms governing international relations.

Intervening during the high level panel on VDPA at the Human Rights Council 22nd Session, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative Manisha Gunasekera stated: “Sri Lanka recalls that the promotion and protection of human rights as enshrined in the VDPA should be carried out in a spirit of cooperation, mutual respect and dialogue, and in conformity with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and norms governing international relations.”

She also said: “Sri Lanka therefore believes that the VDPA with its emphasis on cooperation and dialogue, continues to maintain its relevance, now more than ever, and we look forward to working with the Council to further enhance its effective implementation in the forthcoming years.”


Statement by Sri Lanka
Human Rights Council 22nd Session
High Level Panel on Vienna Declaration & Programme of Action


Mr. President,

Sri Lanka welcomes the High Level Panel to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Vienna Declaration &Programme of Action (VDPA), and thanks the panelists for their insightful observations.  We are pleased to have co-sponsored the resolution 21/20 on the convening of this important panel discussion with a particular focus on its implementation, achievements, best practices and challenges.

Sri Lanka is particularly mindful of the VDPA’s affirmation of the universality, indivisibility, interdependence and interrelatedness of human rights which denotes the equal importance of civil and political rights and economic, social and cultural rights.

A landmark of the VDPA is its reaffirmation of the right to development, as a universal and inalienable right, and an integral part of fundamental human rights.

The strengthening of the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children, minorities and indigenous peoples through the VDPA is noteworthy.

Sri Lanka is party to 7 core international human rights instruments and several protocols, and is signatory to the Convention on Disabilities. The country has given internal effect to the international treaties via enabling domestic legislation.

Concerted policies and initiatives adopted by successive governments since independence have resulted in significant progress in health, education, poverty reduction and employment generation. It is noteworthy that Sri Lanka has near universal school enrollment of children without gender discrimination, and one of the highest literacy rates in South Asia.  

In conclusion Mr. President,
Sri Lanka recalls that the promotion and protection of human rights as enshrined in the VDPA should be carried out in a spirit of cooperation, mutual respect and dialogue, and in conformity with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, and norms governing international relations.  

Sri Lanka therefore believes that the VDPAwith its emphasis on cooperation and dialogue,continues to maintain its relevance,now more than ever, and we look forward to working with the Council to further enhance its effective implementation in the forthcoming years.

I thank you

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  • Piranha Monday, 25 February 2013 09:54 PM

    Look who is preaching about human rights. It is the worst human rights abusers themselves. It is laughable.

    kaputakukula Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:52 AM

    Wonder of March 2013.

    Robin Hood Tuesday, 26 February 2013 08:25 AM

    Fine. But does the Govt say about its own blatant HR violations right now on anyone who stands in their way, through, assault, dissappearences and deaths?


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