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‘Sri Lanka will not implement UN High Commissioner’s report’ – Mangala Samaraweera

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera stated that his government would not implement recommendations from a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Mr Samaraweera, who held the post of foreign minister until a cabinet reshuffle last month, reiterated his government’s refusal of an international investigation into human rights abuses committed during the armed conflict, and said that he had instead lobbied for a domestic mechanism.

He went on to state that his government would only implement a resolution which was passed by the UN Human Rights Council and not recommendations from the report, which was also submitted to the council in March.

See more from Colombo Gazette here.