We take note of High Commissioner’s report on Sri Lanka to assess the progress made in the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in the country between October 2015 and January 2017.
We fully support the efforts of the National Unity Government in Sri Lanka to improve the situation of human rights, good governance, rule of law, justice, reconciliation and economic development in the country.
Sri Lanka has made tremendous progress in terms of formulation of legislation, policy and legal framework in recent years. We commend the Government of Sri Lanka for establishment of a permanent office on missing persons, the approval of a national policy on durable solutions for conflict-affected displacement, enactment of the Right to Information Act and the National Human Rights Action Plan for the period 2017-2021.
We appreciate the government of Sri Lanka for inviting the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues and carrying out of public consultations by the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms.
We acknowledge the strong commitment of the government to the Truth-Seeking Commission and a zero-tolerance policy towards torture. We support the Constitution drafting process in Sri Lanka which is important to maintain the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual character of the country.
We completely understand the various challenges being faced by the Government of Sri Lanka and reiterate our firm support for their positive endeavors aimed at giving a new impetus to the ongoing process of reconciliation in the country.
We call upon the international community to continue to provide relevant assistance and support, as requested by the government of Sri Lanka, in strengthening the country’s democratic institutions.
I thank you.