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UNHRC Resolution not included the recommendations of Ra’ad Al Hussein – Mangala

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Published: 09:40 GMT, Jun 7, 2017 |
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Finance and Mass Media and former Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said in parliament on Tuesday (June 6) Sri Lanka had not agreed to implement the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Samaraweera said that the Government had only agreed to a Resolution on Sri Lanka and the Resolution did not include the recommendations of Ra’ad Al Hussein.

“Anyone be it a military personnel or a member of the clergy no matter he is wearing a saffron or a white robe should be dealt with if he or she is engaged in harassing civil people or promoting communal and religious hatred” the Minister said .

There could be black sheep even in an excellent Army. They should be dealt with in accordance with law to protect the dignity of the Army, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

He said if there are suspects in the Army who assaulted or abducted media personnel, abducted children in Wellawatta and killed them to take ransom, they should be dealt with according to law even if they had done them on instructions of the superiors, irrespective of the suspects’ uniforms or the robes, to protect the dignity of the Army.

He said Sri Lanka had refused to agree to an international investigation on the war and instead pushed for a domestic mechanism.

The former Foreign Minister said that in March, 48 countries backed Sri Lanka’s proposal through the Resolution submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.

He said that countries like Russia and China supported the efforts being taken by the current Government to address the human rights issue.

Samaraweera also said that some elements in the military could harm the image of the security forces and action must be taken against those elements.

The joint opposition submitted a motion in Parliament warning that the Geneva Resolution was a threat to the country’s sovereignty.