- Minister Gunawardena to address UNHRC today
- Will announce Govt.’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Resolutions 30/1, 34/1 and 40/1
- Will brief UNHRC High Commissioner on Govt. decision on Friday
- Will assure Govt.’s commitment to continue working with UN bodies
- Written update on SL’s progress on commitments to be presented to UNHRC on Thursday
United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva
By Chandani Kirinde
All eyes will be on Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena as he addresses the United Nations Human Rights Council today, in a statement expected to announce Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from Resolution 30/1 and others presented after 2015, as well as outline the path ahead on engagement with the UN and other agencies to promote reconciliation and address accountability concerns.
Minister Gunawardena, who is leading Sri Lanka’s delegation to the 43rd session of the UNHRC, left for Geneva on Monday. He will address the UNHRC session today, where he will announce Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of Resolution 40/1 of March 2019, which also incorporates and builds on preceding resolutions 30/1, of October 2015 and 34/1 of March 2014.
Minister Gunawardena will also meet with UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Friday to brief her on Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from co-sponsorship of the UNHRC Resolution on Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, official sources said yesterday.