US hopes Lanka keeps promise

646564e2cb54ae5e3f2f4dea7ce07cf5_LThe United States (US) today said it looks forward to receiving the report on Sri Lanka during the September session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and hope to see evidence in it of the Sri Lankan government’s actions to promote human rights, reconciliation, and accountability in Sri Lanka, consistent with its promises of cooperation noted in the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Speaking at the UNHRC after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein presented his annual report in which he spoke about Sri Lanka, the US delegation at the UNHRC said that it welcomes the High Commissioner’s leadership in engaging with the Government of Sri Lanka, which led to the extension of the release of the investigation’s report on Sri Lanka conducted by a team appointed by Zeid’s office  .

Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) said it supports the deferral of Sri Lanka being discussed at the UNHRC during the ongoing session and the publication of the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) report until September.

The EU also welcomed the work of OISL and reaffirmed its commitment to OISL and its final report. The EU urged the new Sri Lankan government to deliver on its commitment to engage with the OHCHR. The EU said it stands ready to support Sri Lanka as it makes progress on its commitments. (Colombo Gazette)