Sri Lanka ready for UNHRC sessions: Officials
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 14:20
Colombo: Sri Lanka is ready for the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva with an impressive record of post-war reconciliation, rehabilitation and resettlement efforts, a top official said Tuesday.

Mohan Peiris, legal advisor to the Cabinet said that Sri Lanka has taken action at the highest level to implement the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations.

Peiris' comments came as the US conveyed to the government here last week that Washington was planning to back a resolution against Sri Lanka over the LLRC recommendations.

Sri Lanka has already expressed confidence of tackling the motion to the country's advantage at the session which is scheduled to get underway on February 27.

Peiris said LLRC recommendations are being systematically implemented under two high-level committees appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

"Nobody can point fingers at Sri Lanka with reason that there was reluctance as such on the part of the government to implement LLRC recommendations."

Sri Lanka would also dwell on the action to introduce a human rights action plan which is aimed at putting into place further rights safeguards.

Sri Lanka's rights record during the last phase of the military conflict with the LTTE, which ended in May 2009, has been under intense international focus.

A special panel report of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued in April last year called for an independent investigation on alleged war crimes committed by both the government troops and the LTTE.


First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 14:20

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