Colombo slams US resolution at UNHRC

Sri Lanka on Wednesday  slammed the US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC which it says seeks to “discredit” and “single out” the country over alleged human rights violations, terming it as “biased and politicised”.

It also said the language of the resolution was borrowed from a “flawed” report by the UN
High Commissioner of Human Rights Navaneetham Pillai. Lankan External Affairs Minister G L Peiris, setting out his government’s stand on the resolution, said, “Drawing disproportionate attention to Sri Lanka’s situation and introducing resolution that seeks to discredit, single out and humiliate the country are unhelpful and counterproductive to Sri Lanka’s current reconciliation process”.

“Just as the Government of Sri Lanka did not recognise the last HRC resolution, it rejects the new resolution. Sri Lanka intends to request a vote when the draft resolution is taken up at the Human Rights Council on 21 March 2013.”

“Sri Lanka seeks the understanding and the support of HRC member states at the vote on this resolution.”

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