Holding UNHRC sessions online: Sri Lanka Objects

Several countries, including Sri Lanka, have strongly objected to the decision by the Organising Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, to hold the UNHRC sessions online, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dinesh Gunawardena, told Ceylon Today.

He added the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had decided to hold the sessions online, despite notifications from several countries that it will not be successful when there is a possibility of holding it safely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, he said he and the Sri Lankan delegation to the sessions, which begin on the 23 February, would be connected online from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo and that he would address the conference on the 23 or 24 February on behalf of Sri Lanka.

The Minister also said Sri Lanka is ready to comment on any criticism of Sri Lanka that may arise and that many countries have informed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa that they will support Sri Lanka at the UNHRC.


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