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Dinesh to inform UNHRC of decision to withdraw from Resolution today

Scheduled to respond to Oral Update of HR High Commissioner tomorrow

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Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena who arrived in Geneva yesterday would formally inform the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) of the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to withdraw its co-sponsorship of Resolution today, Sri Lanka's Permanent Mission to the UN, Geneva said.

It said Minister Gunawardena is scheduled to address the High-Level Segment of the Human Rights Council (HRC) today, where he will formally inform the Council Members of the decision of the Government to withdraw its co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1 of March 2019 on ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, which also incorporates and builds on preceding Resolutions 30/1 of October 2015 and 34/1 of March 2017.

Minister Gunawardena, who leads the Sri Lanka delegation to the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council, will also respond to the Oral Update on Sri Lanka by the Human Rights High Commissioner on February 27. He will meet the Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on February 28.

The Sri Lanka Delegation to the current Session includes State Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs Mahinda Samarasinghe, Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, Additional Secretary to the President Admiral (Retd) Jayanath Colombage, Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle, Director General of the UN and Human Rights Division of Ministry of Foreign Relations M.R.K. Lenagala, Senior State Counsel Kanishka Balapatabendi, Brigadier E.S. Jayasundara from the Ministry of Defence and Coordinating Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Relations Subash Sri Wijethunga.

Acting Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Dayani Mendis and relevant staff will join the delegation during the session and meetings.

During his stay in Geneva, Minister Gunawardena will also meet with the Director Generals of the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

  Comments - 7

  • Varuna Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:30 AM

    This group is going to be a laughing stock in the eyes of the world. One cannot tingle with UNHRC. IT WILL STRONGLY BACKFIRE. We are part of the whole world watching each other.

    Dilshan Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:51 PM

    Sri Lanka is preparing the electric chair for its military leaders in Haque

    Sena Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:51 PM

    Tangalle port agreement for the 99 year lease cannot be changed but it suits to change agreements on peoples rights. Dinesh I thought was a realistic person but wants to dance to the wrong tune.

    Gon Wimale Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:55 PM

    Didnt you take Wimale and Gonpila to address the UN sessions so both could have raised their hand to the sky like the way those shouting at political rallies here .

    Johan Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:06 PM

    Dinesh has sickly ideas

    Ram Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:08 PM

    SL cannot withdraw from the co-sponsorship of resolution. If sufficient support form the member countries can be channelled the resolution can be out voted.

    Sando Wednesday, 26 February 2020 04:30 PM

    UNHCR is a sham, since they did nothing to contain the LTTE.....during their killing sprees of 30 years. Country bled and suffered in silence.

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