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Lanka against any forced action

2014 Mar 19

The Sri Lankan Government told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today that it is against any action being forced on a country in an attempt to promote and protect human rights.

Speaking during the interactive dialogue on Iran and separately on Myanmar, the Sri Lankan delegation said that its consistent position has been that any action must have the consent of the respective countries.

The Sri Lankan delegation also noted that action taken to promote and protect human rights should be based on the principles of cooperation and genuine dialogue aimed at strengthening the domestic capacity of the concerned country to comply with its human rights obligations.

Sri Lanka said it also believes the Universal Periodic Review mechanism is the appropriate forum to address the human rights situations of all countries in a constructive and equal spirit of engagement.

The Sri Lankan delegation urged the UN Human Rights Council to engage constructively with Iran and Myanmar to address issues in those two countries.

The comments by Sri Lanka comes at a time Sri Lanka is also facing pressure to agree to an international investigation in the country on alleged human rights abuses committed during the war.

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