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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 05.35 GMT
Address HR issues through cooperation, not by punitive approach, says Indian MEA Spokesman


Spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs clarifies that India feels international bodies need to address human rights through a cooperative framework not through a punitive approach. Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said this while commenting on India’s position with regard to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the visit of Sri Lankan foreign minister G.L. Peiris and his discussions with External Affairs minister SushmaSwaraj, the spokesman said, “It’s not a country specific issue but a matter of principle which we have always held…we feel international bodies need to address human rights through a cooperative framework not (through) a punitive approach.”

About India’s position on the UN sending an investigation team to the Island nation, Mr. Akbaruddin said India had abstained on voting on the matter in the United Nations Human Rights Council in March this year.

“There was a fairly detailed presentation by Prof. Peiris about the initiatives they are taking for reconciliation and accountability,” said ministry of external affairs spokesperson.

In June this year, the UNHRC had appointed a three-member investigation panel to probe alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

The panel comprises Nobel laureate and former president of Finland MarttiAhtisaari, former governor-general of New Zealand Silvia Cartwright, and Asma Jahangir, former president of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Bar Association.





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