The Sri Lankan government on Thursday reiterated its strongest commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in the island country, in keeping with Sri Lanka’s international human rights standards and obligations.
A joint statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Ministry and Government Information Department, said that Sri Lanka would continue to demonstrate its commitment and determination towards a steady and long-lasting reconciliation.
Sri Lanka will also seek an extension of the timeline of a resolution co-sponsored in 2015 which will probe alleged war crimes committed during the later part of the island’s 30 year civil conflict between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.
The joint statement said, in the last few years, the government of Sri Lanka had taken concrete steps such as establishment of Office on Missing Persons and Office for Reparations to establish long lasting peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
“This led to the people of Sri Lanka benefiting from economic dividends, including in particular, EU GSP plus concessions. A few more laws will be introduced to strengthen the ongoing processes. The entire mechanism and process of reconciliation is under the control of government of Sri Lanka,” the statement added.
The government further said its soldiers were presently involved in peace keeping in Mali and other places, and military-to-military cooperation had also been expanded considerably, with more training opportunities for Sri Lankan soldiers.
“The pride of our war heroes has been protected and the confidence of international community has been gained through owning up of the Human Rights Council process,” the statement said. Enditem