Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated its firm commitment to continue its ongoing domestic processes of accountability and reconciliation and assured cooperation with the UN rights body despite rejecting its "politically motivated" resolution.
Delivering a statement at the 27th session of the UNHRC in Geneva Monday, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and the leader of the Sri Lankan delegation Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said Sri Lanka will continue the ongoing domestic processes of accountability, justice, reconciliation, and nation building in the best interest of the Sri Lankan people.
"Towards this end, we will continue to work with our international partners," Ambassador Aryasinha said.
Congratulating the new High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein Sri Lanka called for UN to allocate greater resources to his office to lessen its dependence on voluntary contributions from nations with special interests.
"This would strengthen the financial independence of the Office (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights), thereby enhancing transparency and contributing to depoliticisation of its work," the Sri Lankan representative said.
Sri Lanka expressed concern about the selective targeting of countries for country specific action in the Council while human rights situations which pose a grave threat to international peace and security are ignored or do not receive the attention they deserve.
The trend, Sri Lanka said has resulted in the erosion of the moral legitimacy of the UNHRC and nations are losing trust and confidence in the right body. The trend has to be arrested immediately, if the Council is to serve its mandated purpose, Sri Lanka stressed.
Assuring Sri Lanka's continued support to the High Commissioner and to the OHCHR in discharging his mandate according to the UN Charter, Sri Lanka said it is looking forward to the meeting with the Human Rights Committee in October 2014 when Sri Lanka's fifth periodic report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) will be considered.
"It will be an added opportunity to update and inform the International Community on developments in Sri Lanka including efforts of the government to promote and protect human rights," Sri Lanka said.