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Sri Lanka extends ‘steadfast support’ to Palestinian people

The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over the hardships faced by the Palestinian people.

Speaking at the 21st UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Sri Lankan representative said,

“Sri Lanka […] remains steadfast in its unequivocal support to the people and the Government of Palestine for their just struggle to achieve the right of statehood”, reported the Daily Mirror.

Sri Lanka also urged the Israeli government to lift the blockade on the Gaza strip and expressed its conviction that Palestine would soon assume its rightful place at the United Nations.

The permanent mission of Sri Lanka in Geneva also said it “renewed its commitment to the core principles of equality and non-discrimination embodied in the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.”

See below for recent stories of hardship and discrimination faced by Tamils on the island.

UN still “concerned” for displaced Tamils (25 Sep 2012)

3 Tamil men abducted by SL Navy in Vadamaradchi (25 Sep 2012)

TNA complains about continued discrimination to UN officials (22 Sep 2012)