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Sri Lanka has made big strides in HR promotion - PR of China

2013 Nov 26

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo in an emailed statement said that China’s position remains unchanged. Over the years, Sri Lanka has made considerable strides in promoting human rights and realising national reconciliation.

“China’s position remains unchanged. Over the years, Sri Lanka has made big strides in promoting human rights and realising national reconciliation. We believe that the Sri Lankan government and people have the wisdom and capacity to deal appropriately with their internal affairs. The international community, instead of taking measures that may complicate the issue, should create a favuorable external environment for Sri Lanka to pursue stability and economic development,” Zhou Yongsheng, Chief of Political Section, Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka said in an email message.The email message also clarified Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s recent remarks subject to certain distortions in sections of the media.

 

Q: At the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo, human rights violation in Sri Lanka has become a big issue. The British Prime Minister raised the deadline to next March or so for Sri Lanka to set right its human rights record; otherwise, it will be taken on by the UN Human Rights Council. What is China’s comment?


A: What you have mentioned is the “domestic affairs” of the British Commonwealth. But we hold that since national conditions of countries differ and levels of economic and social development vary, countries can have differences or even disagreements on human rights protection. What is most important is that human rights conditions should be improved by the governments of countries concerned through their efforts and constructive help should also be offered by the international community. We have been upholding that on the issue of human rights, the international community should enhance mutual understanding and cooperation through dialogues and exchanges to jointly promote the international cause of human rights in a constructive way.

 

The comments come against the backdrop of China’s recent election to the UN Human Rights Council and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘ultimatum’ to Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes.

 

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