Reaffirming Sri Lanka’s commitment to the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution (UNHRC) on reconciliation, accountability and human rights, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister expressed openness to international assistance.
Addressing the 20th Meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies in Geneva, Mangala Samaraweera said,
“We co-sponsored, with other members of the UN Human Rights Council, the Resolution titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ as a manifestation of our firm commitment to uphold the human rights of our people, and take measures for truth-seeking, justice, and reparations aimed at ensuring non-recurrence…. Sri Lanka requires the support and assistance of all her friends in the international community.”
Sri Lanka’s external affairs minister added that the process would be designed using input form public consultations, stating,
“The design of mechanisms that we have undertaken to create for these processes will be informed by public consultations.”
Mr Samaraweera also stated that the new government was intending on repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and would introduce new legislation, the Daily Mirror reported.