Human Rights Council continues Special Session on situation of human rights in Sri Lanka

Click here for the full U.N. Human Rights Council summary of the morning meeting May 27 of the Special Session on Sri Lanka.

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Highlights from U.N. summary:

RAHMA SALIH ELOBIED (Sudan) …Extending security to all areas of society was a very arduous task that was often impeded by outside conspiracies. Unfortunately, the situation on the ground often called for the taking of action that appeared harsh. However, the Government of Sri Lanka had spared no effort to seek reconciliation and peace. It was also a sovereign country that had spared no effort to ensure its unity and the safety of its citizens. Combating terrorism was an indivisible objective… Sudan was not convinced that they should have held this Special Session. It would have been better to have simply helped Sri Lanka in its reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. Moreover, parties that had endorsed the convening of this session had turned a blind eye to the human rights violations going on in other parts of the world. That was impeding the functioning of the Council with politicization and double standards.

CHOE MYONG NAM (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) …All challenges facing the country had to be resolved in the best interest of its people and Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Any attempts to interfere with the internal affairs and the imposing of solutions should be rejected and the international community should cooperate with the Government of Sri Lanka. Further, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was gravely concerned over the politicization, selectivity and double standards that were practiced by some by singling out Sri Lanka for purposes other than genuine human rights, while ignoring gross human rights violations including civilian killings as a result of bloody wars that were carried out by powerful countries elsewhere in the world.

ANGELICA NAVARRO LLANOS (Bolivia) …It did recognize the sincere concern of some of the countries who supported the Special Session and their reasons for wanting to hold the session, but it could not support the neo-colonist attitudes of some other States. Bolivia was a pacifist State, which aimed to help its people live in peace. It was regrettable that so many lives had been lost during the conflict in Sri Lanka, but Bolivia also recognized the enormous efforts taken by the Government of Sri Lanka as a sovereign State to protect its territories while fulfilling its obligations as a State…

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