While claiming that the Government should take responsibility for the defeat at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna said today the Government’s weak domestic political policy had resulted in the defeat.
JVP National Organiser Bimal Ratnayake told a news conference that the country can be protected from foreign forces only by adopting a correct foreign policy.
“Even the people who voted this Government admit that there has been a drawback in all the sectors such as democracy, human rights and economy under the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government. The defeat at the UNHCR proves that President Rajapaksa was unable to protect this country,” he said.
Mr. Ratnayake also said it was a worse scenario for the government leaders including the Foreign Minister to have claimed after the defeat that they were not ready to admit the mistakes and added that the Government would never be able to rectify its mistakes and win at the UNHRC.
“It is the policies of the Rajapaksa Government that have been defeated at the UNHRC. No resolution that directly affects the Sri Lankan State or the people has been adopted at the UNHRC. If this was a resolution against the country, Buddhist monks who used to stage protests on these matters would have staged protests,” he said.
Mr. Ratnayake said a considerable number of countries out of the 11 countries that voted in favour of Sri Lanka have leftist basis and they voted not because of the progress of the human rights in Sri Lanka but they were against the countries such as Britain who sponsored the resolution.
“There is no use of accusing the countries that voted against us. It is the failure of the Government for not being able to obtain the votes of countries such as Nepal and Indonesia that supported us earlier,” he said.
He said the Government can win at the UNHRC with a majority of countries if the Sri Lankan government acted to uphold human rights and independence of the judiciary.
“The Government has betrayed the country for its vicious and dictatorial power. People of this country or anyone else should not be responsible for the black mark due to the defeat. It is the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government that should be responsible for putting the country into a situation where we failed to obtain the votes of other countries on behalf of our country,” he said and added that “Even now we should admit our mistakes without being conceited. We urge the Government to respect human rights, abolish 20th Amendment to the Constitution, stop militarisation, and we are to win at the UNHRC next time."(Ajith Siriwardana)
Lasith Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:09 PM
Politicians of the previous government paved the way for this UN fiasco.
Peacemaker Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:10 PM
Yes, this Rajapaksa regime should be responsible for the country being a laughing stock in the world and total destruction of peace in the country
Jeeves Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:51 PM
To peacemaker- Have you forgotten? Our President and heroic armed forces brought peace to the north, east, south and west! Countries whose economies depend on arm sales, and keeping us unstable, were not happy!
Johan Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:13 PM
Irresponsible statements by certain ministers also one of the contributory factor led to Indonesia Bahrain and some muslim countries turning their back.
Shani Wednesday, 24 March 2021 08:48 PM
JVP equally responsible for messing up the UN by bowing down during the previous government. Now being a thotha baba
Ranaweera Thursday, 25 March 2021 12:55 AM
The west is angry that we did not give them MCC, we are aligned towards China. India is angry because they did not get the port. These guys are not interested in the welfare of Tamils. They want to continue war and use Tamils as test subjects. Currently they live in piece. Tamil diaspora does not want that. As long as the problem exist, it is good for them.
Roger Halliday Thursday, 25 March 2021 06:56 AM
Sensible people should realize it's not war veterans that is the target. We are facing this because of the human rights violations to the people. We have a system of overruling g judgments are liberties are no more. This is why many supported and abstained from supporting us.
Namage Thursday, 25 March 2021 07:46 AM
Thia is happened because the present government always trys to cheat the world by thinking that they are the clavest politicians.But whole world now clearly say that Nandasena and co should start their nursery class in human rights immediately ortherwise they will teach .
Gayan Thursday, 25 March 2021 08:03 AM
The local voice of western masters.
Fernando Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:23 AM
Mr Ratnayake, please tell your buddy Herath to learn English before giving falls information to foreign media in the first place.
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