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Sri Lanka calls on UNHRC to hold the scales even

Announces withdrawal from co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1:

Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in his video address to the 46th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) called the UN resolution 30/1 against Sri Lanka as being “politically motivated” and that it was the result of “hegemonic forces colluding with each other” to bring a resolution “that has unjustifiably expanded its scope.”

“Sri Lanka’s heroic armed forces neutralised the LTTE in 2009. The Sri Lankan government acted in self-defence to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity from the LTTE,” he said, “The LTTE is the only terrorist outfit which has assassinated a sitting President of the country and the Prime Minister of another country (India). The end of terrorism guaranteed all cherished human rights to all Sri Lankans. The hegemonic forces that colluded in bringing the unsubstantiated resolution were defeated by the support of friendly nation even today.”

He reiterated that the Sri Lankan government which came into power in 2015 joined as co-sponsors of Resolution 30/1 which was against the country. “It carried a host of commitments that were not deliverable and were not in conformity with the Constitution of Sri Lanka. This led to the compromising of national security to a point of reviving terrorist acts on Easter Sunday 2019 causing the deaths of hundreds.”

Whilst officially announcing that Sri Lanka would withdraw from the co-sponsorship of the resolution, the Minister affirmed that Sri Lanka would continue to work with the UN system including this council.

“It is regrettable that despite the spirit of co-operation with the HRC and its mechanisms, elements working against Sri Lanka intend to table another country-specific resolution based on this OHCHR Report. This rejected report by Sri Lanka has unjustifiably broadened its scope and mandate further, incorporating many issues of governance and matters that are essentially domestic in any self-respecting, sovereign country,” he said.

He called on member states to reflect if this campaign is “essentially a political move that contravenes the very values and principles on which this Council has been established.”

“Particularly at a time when legislation is enacted by some countries to protect their soldiers from prosecution in military operations carried out overseas, only points to duplicity and the hypocritical nature of their motives. This cannot but result in a significant loss of morale among countries engaged in the struggle against terrorism.” he added.In conclusion he called on the HRC to hold the scales even. “Not going by hearsay, unilateral action or one angled doubtful sources but adhere to its guiding principles. Insistence on such ever-expanding externally driven prescriptions notwithstanding our continuous cooperation and engagement with this Council can pose numerous challenges.”