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Sri Lanka in last minute talks with OHCHR: Foreign Ministry

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Sri Lanka has had last minute talks with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva next month.


Foreign Ministry sources told the Daily Mirror that the discussions were focused on her damning report on Sri Lanka which was made public this week.

“We are having some discussions with her office. We are trying to reach some sort of agreement on the matters she had raised. We will then issue a formal response,” sources said.

The government was expected to issue a statement after formally responding to the report but has been negotiating to reach a consensus with Bachelet’s office before the response is made public.

In her report released on January 27, 2021, High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said she was “alarmed” by Sri Lanka’s deteriorating human rights situation and set out steps that the Human Rights Council should take to confront the growing risk of future violations.

She urged UN member countries to take action, by pursuing prosecutions of alleged Sri Lankan perpetrators in national courts under the principle of universal jurisdiction, and by imposing targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes, against alleged perpetrators.

Bachelet also called on the Human Rights Council to enhance the High Commissioner’s Office’s monitoring and reporting on the situation in Sri Lanka, including on accountability, and support a dedicated capacity to collect and preserve evidence for future accountability processes, to advocate for victims and survivors, and to support relevant judicial proceedings in member states.(EASWARAN RUTNAM)

  Comments - 10

  • Soldier Saturday, 30 January 2021 08:48 AM

    Why negotiate, say what you have to say!!

    Jude Saturday, 30 January 2021 08:57 AM

    My Dear Commish, what happened in the final phase in 2009 known as"Collateral Damage" yeah!!

    Jude Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:10 AM

    Hey Commish, only SL government have the numbers !! The amount of casualties including armed forces and terrorists,! And of course some civilian casualties due to terrorists shielding civilians!! Yeah!! Now everyone else throwing arbitrary numbers based on nothing!! So called experts only making speculations!! Again based on nothing! No facts,!! I reiterate, only SL government got the facts and figures!! Don't make arbitrary decisions based on nothing!!

    Jude Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:14 AM

    Why Americans quit UNHRC!?? One reason it's a cesspool !! Can't argue about that!!

    Michael Ranasinghe Saturday, 30 January 2021 09:14 AM

    Playing catch up as usual .. you guys are an embarrassment and disgrace ..

    Punchi banda Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:00 AM

    Yeah Sri Lanka has now fallen into a cesspool of like minded countries that habitually commit human rights violations and also are unable to protect their citizens especially women working in like minded countries that habitually abuse their citizens

    Ranaweera Saturday, 30 January 2021 11:11 AM

    The UN is playing to the demands of LTTE supporters in the West who have been lobbying for this for a long time. They will not stand down until Buddhism and Sinhalese are eradicated from Sri Lanka and the land rights are handed over to India and America. So that is the reality. The cronies in Sri Lanka are helping them to come up with these laughable accusations for their own selfish adgendas. Protection of our archaeological assets is also a problem for them . When these were being systematically destroyed by ethic minorities, they did not have any issue.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 30 January 2021 12:08 PM

    Salutation UNHRC, criminal governments should be destroyed

    Ding Ding Bell Saturday, 30 January 2021 12:49 PM

    Is SL begging?

    AB Sunday, 31 January 2021 01:37 AM

    Till yesterday this government of retired army officer,has shown exceptionally high standard on human rights,it never used water canons or batons charges on protesters like previous regime or other countries, treating protesters with tea is never heard before, this is view of common man of Srilanka

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