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Sri Lanka is confident of securing support of its domestic accountability process at the UN Security Council.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that if any attempt is made to impose trade sanctions on Sri Lanka through the UN Security Council, such attempt is unlikely to get support.

He said that Sri Lanka has the backing of a majority of the countries with veto powers in the UN Security Council.

Speaking at the post cabinet press briefing, Rambukwella noted that the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the UN Human Rights Council is non-binding.

He said that Sri Lanka will prepare a strong response to the resolution to be presented to the UN by September.

The resolution on Sri Lanka which was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council took immediate effect with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) beginning the process to closely monitor Sri Lanka.

Monitoring Sri Lanka will be carried out immediately with existing staff while other related work will be implemented once the UN General Assembly approves funding later this year.

The United States, EU and a number of other countries are among the cosponsors of the resolution, some with no voting rights in the UN Human Rights Council. 

The resolution has called on the Office of the High Commissioner to enhance its monitoring and reporting on the situation of human rights in Sri Lanka, including on progress in reconciliation and accountability.

OHCHR has also been told to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its forty-eighth session, and a written update at its forty-ninth session and a comprehensive report that includes further options for advancing accountability at its fifty-first session, both to be discussed in the context of an interactive dialogue. (By Easwaran Rutnam)


  Comments - 6

  • ravin Wednesday, 24 March 2021 02:32 PM

    Do not worry much. There may be enough balconies.

    Senaka Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:37 PM

    If everything is fine why are you grumbling so much.

    Colin Wednesday, 24 March 2021 04:54 PM

    I do agree that the resolution at the UNHCR is non binding. However what will be the result of we don't comply? Won't it put us more deeper into trouble? Let wiser council prevail and find a way out than go confronting with this world body. Don't forget we have a three billion dollar export market with the EU and a billion dollar wth the US especially garments both countries backers of this resolution

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 24 March 2021 05:20 PM

    You are now confident of support at UN. Your colleague the famous Professor said 21 countries had assured support at the UNHRC. Is this your wishful thinking? You people are quite clever at fooling the people noh!!!

    Parakramabahu Wednesday, 24 March 2021 09:52 PM

    Yes congratulations

    Sam Thursday, 25 March 2021 05:31 PM

    Just another teledrama for the viewers.

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