Rita French, the UK International Ambassador, speaking on behalf of the Core Group, which includes the UK, Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, and Montenegro on 15 September 2020, reiterated the group’s ‘profound disappointment’ over Sri Lanka’s withdrawal from UN Resolution 30/1 and expressed skepticism over the ‘new domestic process’ for addressing issues of reconciliation. The statement also raised concerns over the continued “intimidation, harassment and surveillance” of families of disappeared persons, civil society actors, and human rights groups.
Thank you Madam President.
This statement is on behalf of Canada, Germany, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the Core Group on Sri Lanka.
We note the High Commissioner’s concerns on Sri Lanka in her update.