Easter attack was a side effect of UNHRC resolution 30/1

RI | Published: 9:52 PM Feb 23 2021
Local Easter attack was a side effect of UNHRC resolution 30/1

Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene addressed the 46th session of the UNHRC today through a pre-recorded message. 

In it, Minister Gunawardene claimed that a report prepared by the UNHRC on Sri Lanka has unjustifiably broadened its mandate and scope inorder to incorporate many issues of governance and matters that are essentially domestic in any self-respecting sovereign country. The Minister noted that Sri Lanka rejects the report of the OHCHR and that the report was followed by an unprecedented media campaign.

While stating that previous resolutions brought against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC were politically motivated, the Foreign Minister took aim at the previous administration of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. 

He noted that the unprecedented decision by the former administration to co-sponsor UNHRC resolution 30/1 resulted in the compromising of national security which eventually led to the easter attack of 2019. He added that the resolution carried a host of commitments that were not deliverable and were not in conformity with the constitution of Sri Lanka. 

Gunawardene stated that the rejection of resolution 30/1 manifested itself in the mandate received by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and that it was on this basis that he announced to the UNHRC during the 43rd session that Sri Lanka would withdraw from co-sponsoring resolution 30/1. 

The Sri Lankan foreign minister noted that it is regrettable that despite the spirit of cooperation Sri Lanka has shown towards the UNHRC and other treaty bodies, elements working against Sri Lanka intend to table another country-specific resolution based on the OHCHR report. 

The Minister noted that he leaves it to the members and observers of the UNHRC to decide whether Sri Lanka represented a situation that warrants urgent attention of the council or whether the moves against the country are essentially political moves that are against the very values and principles on which the UNHRC has been established. 

Gunawardene remarked that such a resolution being moved against Sri Lanka at a time when certain countries are enacting legislation to protect their soldiers for military operations carried out overseas points to duplicity and the hypocritical nature of their motives. 

Minister Dinesh Gunwardene concluded by appealing to the members of the UNHRC to reject any resolution against Sri Lanka.

RI | Published: 9:52 PM Feb 23 2021

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