Welcomes establishment of three tier mechanism to monitor HR

India yesterday insisted on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that meets the aspirations of the Tamil people.

Permanent Representative of India in Geneva Ambassador Rajiv K. Chander while taking a positive note of the setting up of three structures with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka chairing the apex Ministerial Action Group to implement the HRC resolution noted the constructive engagement of Sri Lanka with OHCHR and Human Rights mechanism.

Ambassador Chander delivering the Indian statement at the interactive Dialogue with the OHCHR report on Sri Lanka said India has always supported efforts to preserve Sri Lanka’s character as a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and multi-religious society that accommodates the aspirations of all sections of society.

The Ambassador also welcomed the establishment of a three tier mechanism to regularly monitor progress for the effective implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan 2017 – 2021. The Indian Ambassador while thanking UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for her report which assesses the progress made by Sri Lanka between October 2015 to January 2019 in the implementation of UNHRC Resoloution 30/1 acknowledged the release of 75 per cent of the land held by the Security Forces to the original and rightful owners.

“The Report has noted the constructive engagement of Sri Lanka with the OHCHR and human rights mechanisms.

The High Commissioner has also observed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation and the independent commissions have been consistent in their commitment to improve the human rights situation.

The High Commissioner has noted the overall improvement in the general situation with regard to civil and political rights,” Ambassador Rajiv K. Chander said.

“India is working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka in the implementation of various rehabilitation, resettlement and reconstruction projects,” he said.


China yesterday strongly defended Sri Lanka at the 40th session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

China also took note of the measures taken by Sri Lanka to improve the economy and eliminate poverty.

China insisted that Sri Lanka has taken many steps to protect the right of women and vulnerable groups. The Chinese delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council commended the Sri Lankan government’s relentless efforts in the protection of Human Rights in the country.

“The steps taken by Sri Lanka must be appreciated and the international community must consider objectively and impartially the human rights situations in Sri Lanka”, the Chinese delegation said.

China also hoped that the country will maintain political stability.

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