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Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10.30 GMT

Sri Lanka criticizes inclusion of rights issues on UNSG's report on sexual violence


Sri Lanka criticized the inclusion of country's human rights and accountability issues in a report on sexual violence in conflict submitted to the UN Security Council (UNSC) by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday.

Sri Lanka expressed its concern to the UNSC that the Secretary General had mentioned the recent UN Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution in the report.

The government said that it has observed this year's report contains references to the HRC resolution on Sri Lanka (HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1), accountability, and a comprehensive truth and reconciliation commission.

"We are disappointed that such issues, which have no relevance to this issue, have been dragged into this report," the Sri Lankan government noted.

Sri Lanka told the UN that it should consult with the respective States on all aspects of international actions to combat sexual violence in conflict, including the provision of assistance.

"In this process, respect must be maintained for the fundamental principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States," the government stressed.







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